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Dancing Postcolonialism

Author : Sabine Sörgel
ISBN : UCSC:32106019098554
Genre : Social Science
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Dancing Postcolonialism presents the first in-depth critical and historical examination of the internationally renowned National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) in the context of postcolonial theater. Combining a postcolonial theoretical framework with performance studies and dance analysis, the study examines the interrelationship of Jamaican modern dance theater aesthetics and the Caribbean's complex cultural genealogy since 1492. Addressing issues of postcolonial nationalism and Jamaican identity politics, the book provides the first comprehensive study of the NDTC's modern dance theater works as it situates dance theater choreography at the center of postcolonial independence politics and cultural theory in the Caribbean. Sabine Srgel (Dr. phil.) teaches the history and theory of theater and dance at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany). Her current research includes intercultural corporealities, contemporary performance and postcolonial theory.
Category: Social Science

Extravagant Postcolonialism

Author : Brian T. May
ISBN : 9781611173802
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Brian T. May argues that, contrary to widely held assumptions of postcolonial literary criticism, a distinctive subset of postcolonial novels significantly values and scrupulously explores a healthy individuality. These “extravagant” postcolonial works focus less on collective social reality than on the intimate subjectivity of their characters. Their authors, most of whom received some portion of a canonical western education, do not subordinate the ambitions of their fiction to explicit political causes, but they do create a cosmopolitan rhetorical focus suitable to their well-educated, “western trained,” audiences. May pursues this argument by scrutinizing novels composed during the thirty-year post-independence postcolonial era of Anglophone fiction, a period that began with the Nigerian Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and that ended, many would say, with the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 publication of the Rushdie Fatwa. He contends that the postcolonial authors under consideration—Naipaul, Rushdie, Achebe, Rhys, Gordimer, and Coetzee—inherited modernism and refashioned it. His account of their work demonstrates how it reflects and transfigures modernists such as Conrad, Eliot, Yeats, Proust, Joyce and Beckett. Tracing the influence of humanistic virtues and the ethical and aesthetic significance of individualism, May demonstrates that these works of “extravagant postcolonialism” are less postcolonial than they are a continuation and evolution of modernism.
Category: Literary Criticism

Brian Friel S Post Colonial Drama

Author : Francis Charles McGrath
ISBN : 0815628137
Genre : Drama
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Drawing on the theory and techniques of the major post-colonial critics, this text offers an interpretation of Brian Friel's texts and his place in the tradition of linguistic idealism in Irish literature.
Category: Drama

Postcolonial Cultures

Author : Simon Featherstone
ISBN : 1578067715
Genre : History
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Simon Featherstone's Postcolonial Cultures is a clearly written introduction to the study of postcolonial cultures, and it broadens the reach of postcolonial theory and criticism. The book covers current topics in the field, such as nationhood, hybridity and identity, globalism and regionalism, diasporas, the politics of gender, and cultural diversity and difference. These subjects are discussed as theories developed in a variety of disciplines and through case studies that emphasize a range of cultural practices, including popular music, literature, tourism, and oral performances. The case studies focus upon postcolonial Britain, India, the English-speaking Caribbean, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Three chapters discuss particular modes of cultural production and performance: music, film, dance, and sports. The remaining three chapters deal with wider issues of memory, land, and alternative world-views. Featherstone is equally at home and authoritative discussing the dynamics of tourism or museum curatorship as well as novels, films, and music. Balancing a broad survey of the field with expert, brief analyses of representative studies, this overview allows readers to grasp the complexities of postcolonial cultures. Simon Featherstone, Cambridge, United Kingdom, is senior lecturer in English at Anglia Polytechnic University.
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Is Canada Postcolonial

Author : Laura Moss
ISBN : 9781554587568
Genre : Literary Criticism
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How can postcolonialism be applied to Canadian literature? In all that has been written about postcolonialism, surprisingly little has specifically addressed the position of Canada, Canadian literature, or Canadian culture. Postcolonialism is a theory that has gained credence throughout the world; it is be productive to ask if and how we, as Canadians, participate in postcolonial debates. It is also vital to examine the ways in which Canada and Canadian culture fit into global discussions as our culture reflects how we interact with our neighbours, allies, and adversaries. This collection wrestles with the problems of situating Canadian literature in the ongoing debates about culture, identity, and globalization, and of applying the slippery term of postcolonialism to Canadian literature. The topics range in focus from discussions of specific literary works to general theoretical contemplations. The twenty-three articles in this collection grapple with the recurrent issues of postcolonialism — including hybridity, collaboration, marginality, power, resistance, and historical revisionism — from the vantage point of those working within Canada as writers and critics. While some seek to confirm the legitimacy of including Canadian literature in the discussions of postcolonialism, others challenge this very notion.
Category: Literary Criticism

Reading The New Literatures In A Postcolonial Era

Author : Susheila Nasta
ISBN : 0859916014
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Essays on the contribution of African, Caribbean, Asian and diaspora writers to 'English' literature.
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A Dance For All The Outcasts Class And Postcolonialism In Brendan Behan S An Giall And The Hostage

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ISBN : OCLC:1014418814
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TitleAbstract/titleAs Susan Bassnett and Harish Trivedi argue, ‘translation does not happen in a vacuum, but in a continuum; it is not an isolated act, it is part of an ongoing process of intercultural transfer’. In understanding Brendan Behan's most celebrated and controversial translation, of his spare Irish language playAn Giall(1958) to its riotous English counterpartThe Hostage(1958), understanding the problematic ‘intercultural transfer’ between British and Irish life in the 1950s is crucial. Comparisons between both works reveal significant changes that illuminate Behan's relationship with both nations and provide a sometimes oblique metacommentary regarding his most pressing political and personal anxieties. Yet for all their differences, the plays also share a common desire to transcend the divisions forged by the colonial experience through critical understandings of life on either side of the Irish Sea. In this essay, I argue that Behan's act of transculturation reveals a great deal more reflexivity and depth than many of his critics would allow, developing an iconoclastic dialogue between British and Irish mid-century life.

Dancing Cultures

Author : Hélène Neveu Kringelbach
ISBN : 9780857455765
Genre : Performing Arts
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Dance is more than an aesthetic of life – dance embodies life. This is evident from the social history of jive, the marketing of trans-national ballet, ritual healing dances in Italy or folk dances performed for tourists in Mexico, Panama and Canada. Dance often captures those essential dimensions of social life that cannot be easily put into words. What are the flows and movements of dance carried by migrants and tourists? How is dance used to shape nationalist ideology? What are the connections between dance and ethnicity, gender, health, globalization and nationalism, capitalism and post-colonialism? Through innovative and wide-ranging case studies, the contributors explore the central role dance plays in culture as leisure commodity, cultural heritage, cultural aesthetic or cathartic social movement.
Category: Performing Arts

The Oxford Handbook Of Postcolonial Studies

Author : Graham Huggan
ISBN : 9780191662423
Genre : Literary Collections
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The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies provides a comprehensive overview of the latest scholarship in postcolonial studies, while also considering possible future developments in the field. Original chapters written by a worldwide team of contritbuors are organised into five cross-referenced sections, 'The Imperial Past', 'The Colonial Present', 'Theory and Practice', 'Across the Disciplines', and 'Across the World'. The chapters offer both country-specific and comparative approaches to current issues, offering a wide range of new and interesting perspectives. The Handbook reflects the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of postcolonial studies and reiterates its continuing relevance to the study of both the colonial past, in its multiple manifestations, and the contemporary globalized world. Taken together, these essays, the dialogues they pursue, and the editorial comments that surround them constitute nothing less than a blueprint for the future of a much-contested but intellectually vibrant and politically engaged field.
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