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  • Acknowledgments ix

    Introduction 1

    At the Margins of Postcolonial Studies: Part 1 / Kalpana Sheshadri-Crooks 3

    At the Margins of Postcolonial Studies: Part 2 / Fawzia Afzal-Khan 24

    1. The Occupation of Postcolonial Studies: Knowledge and Institutional Politics

    Postmodernism and the Rest of the World / R. Radhakrishnan 37

    Une Pratique Sauvage: Postcolonial Belatedness and Cultural Politics / Ali Behdad 71

    (Post)Occidentalism, (Post)Coloniality, and (Post)Subaltern Rationality / Walter Mignolo 86

    Borders and Bridges: Seeking Connections between Things / Ngugi Wa Thiongo 119

    Notes on the "Post-Colonial" / Ella Shohat 126

    DetermiNation: Postcolonialism, Poststructuralism, and the Problem of Ideology / Neil Larsen 140

    Secularism, Elitism, Progress, and Other Transgressions: On Edward Said's "Voyage In" / Bruce Robbins 157

    2. The Preoccupations of Postcolonial Studies: Modernity, Sexuality, Nation

    Street Theater in Pakistani Punjab: The Case of Ajoka, Lok Rehs, and the (So-Called) Woman Question / Fawzia Afzal-Khan 171

    Beyond the Hysterectomies Scandal: Women, the Institution, the Family, and State in India / Rajeswari Sunder Rajan 200

    The Colonial Drag: Zionism, Gender, and Mimicry / Daniel Boyarin 234

    Postcolonial Literature in a Neocolonial World: Modern Arabic Culture and the End of Modernity / Saree Makdisi 266

    Self-Othering: A Postcolonial Discourse on Cinematic First Contacts / Hamid Naficy 292

    The "Post-Colonial" Colony: Time, Space, and Bodies in Palestine/Israel / Joseph Massad 311

    Postcolonial Theory in an American Context: A Reading of Martin Delany's Blake / Timothy Powell 347


    Surviving Theory: A Conversation with Homi K. Bhabha / Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks 369

    Works Cited 381

    Contributors 403

    Index 407

    Permissions 413
  • Kalpana Seshadri

    Fawzia Afzal-Khan

    R. Radhakrishnan

    Ali Behdad

    Walter D. Mignolo

    Thiong′o, Ngugi Wa

    Ella Shohat

    Neil Larsen

    Bruce Robbins

    Rajeswari Sunder Rajan

    Daniel Boyarin

    Saree Makdisi

    Hamid Naficy

    Joseph Massad

    Timothy Powell

    Homi K. Bhabha

  • “A timely intervention in the debates surrounding the contribution made by postcolonial theory and the status of the discipline indicated by the term ‘postcolonial.’ This anthology enables a broadening and deepening of the field.”—Sangeeta Ray, author of En-Gendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives — N/A

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  • Description

    The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial Studies contains essays by both leading figures and younger scholars engaged in the field of postcolonial studies. In this state-of-the-field reader, editors Fawzia Afzal-Khan and Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks have created a dynamic forum for contributors from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary vantage points to question both the limits and the limitations of postcolonial thought.
    Since it burst on the academic scene as the “hot” new disciplinary field during the final decade of the twentieth century, postcolonial studies has faced criticism from those who question its “troubling” trajectories, its sometimes suspect epistemological and pedagogical methods, and its relatively narrow focus. With diverse essays that emerge from such disciplines as South Asian, Latin American, Arab, and Jewish studies, this volume responds to skeptics and adherers alike, addressing not only the broad theoretical issues at stake within the field but also the position of the field itself within the academy, as well as its relationship to modern, postmodern, and Marxist discourses. Contributors offer critiques on ahistorical and universalizing tendencies in postcolonial work and confront the need for scholars to attend to issues of class, ideology, and the effects of neocolonial practices. Seeking to broaden the field’s traditionally literary spectrum of methodologies, these essayists take up large thematic issues to examine specific sites of colonial activities with all of their historical, political, and cultural significance. Closing the volume is an insightful interview with Homi Bhabha, in which he discusses postcolonial studies in the context of contemporary cultural politics and theory.
    The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial Studies not only offers an overview of the discipline but also pushes and pulls at the edges of postcolonial studies, offering a comprehensive view of the field’s diversity of thought and envisioning clear pathways for its future.

    Contributors. Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Ali Behdad, Homi Bhabha, Daniel Boyarin, Neil Larsen, Saree Makdisi, Joseph Massad, Walter Mignolo, Hamid Naficy, Ngugi Wa Thingo, Timothy B. Powell, R. Radhakrishnan, Bruce Robbins, Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, Ella Shohat, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan

    About The Author(s)

    Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She is the author of Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel: Genre and Ideology in the Novels of R. K. Narayan, Anita Desai, Kamala Markandaya, and Salman Rushdie.

    Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks is Assistant Professor of English at Boston College. She is the author of Desiring Whiteness: A Lacanian Analysis of Racial Visibility (forthcoming).

    Hamid Naficy is John Evans Professor of Communications and Art History at Northwestern University. He is the author of AN ACCENTED CINEMA: EXILE AND DIASPORIC FILMMAKING (2001) and THE MAKING OF EXILE CULTURES: IRANIAN TELEVISION IN LOS ANGELES (1993).

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