Postcolonialism Autobiography

Postcolonialism   Autobiography
Author: Michelle Cliff,Alfred Hornung,Ernstpeter Ruhe
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 263
Release: 1998
Genre: History
ISBN: 9042006854

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The two volumes on Postcolonialism and Autobiography examine the affinity of postcolonial writing to the genre of autobiography. The contributions of specialists from Northern Africa, Europe and the United States focus on two areas in which the interrelation of postcolonialism and autobiography is very prominent and fertile: the Maghreb and the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean. The colonial background of these regions provides the stimulus for writers to launch a program for emancipation in an effort to constitute a decolonized subject in autobiographical practice. While the French volume addresses issues of the autobiographical genre in the postcolonial conditions of the Maghreb and the Caribbean with reference to France, the English volume analyzes the autobiographical writings of David Dabydeen (Guyana), Michelle Cliff, Opal Palmer Adisa, George Lamming, Wilson Harris (Jamaica), and Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua) who have maintained their cultural Caribbean origin while living in England or the United States. Critics such as William Boelhower, Leigh Gilmore, Sidonie Smith, and Gayatri Spivak reveal the many layers of different cultures (Indian, African, European, American) that are covered over by the colonial powers. The homeland, exile, the experience of migration and hybridity condition the postcolonial existence of writers and critics. The incorporation of excerpts from the writers' works is meant to show the great variety and riches of a hybrid imagination and to engage in an interactive dialogue with critics.

Postcolonial Theory and Autobiography

Postcolonial Theory and Autobiography
Author: David Huddart
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2008-04-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781134261482

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Cultural theory has often been criticized for covert Eurocentric and universalist tendencies. Its concepts and ideas are implicitly applicable to everyone, ironing over any individuality or cultural difference. Postcolonial theory has challenged these limitations of cultural theory, and Postcolonial Theory and Autobiography addresses the central challenge posed by its autobiographical turn. Despite the fact that autobiography is frequently dismissed for its Western, masculine bias, David Huddart argues for its continued relevance as a central explanatory category in understanding postcolonial theory and its relation to subjectivity. Focusing on the influence of post-structuralist theory on postcolonial theory and vice versa, this study suggests that autobiography constitutes a general philosophical resistance to universal concepts and theories. Offering a fresh perspective on familiar critical figures like Edward W. Said and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, by putting them in the context of readings of the work of Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and Alain Badiou, this book relates the theory of autobiography to expressions of new universalisms that, together with postcolonial theory, rethink and extend norms of experience, investigation, and knowledge.

Autobiography as a Writing Strategy in Postcolonial Literature

Autobiography as a Writing Strategy in Postcolonial Literature
Author: Benaouda Lebdai
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 185
Release: 2015-02-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781443875226

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Autobiography, a fully-recognised genre within mainstream literature today, has evolved massively in the last few decades, particularly through colonial and postcolonial texts. By using autobiography as a means of expression, many postcolonial writers were able to describe their experiences in the face of the denial of personal expression for centuries. This book is centred around the recounting and analysis of such a phenomenon. Literary purists often reject autobiography as a fully-fledged literary genre, perceiving it rather as a mere life report or a descriptive diary. The colonial and postcolonial autobiographical texts analysed in this book refute such perceptions, and demonstrate a subtle combination of literary qualities and the recounting of real-life experiences. This book demonstrates that colonial and postcolonial autobiographical texts have established their ‘literarity’. The need for postcolonial authors to express themselves through the ‘I’ and the ‘me’, as subjects and not as objects, is the essence of this book, and confirms that self-affirmation through autobiographical writing is indeed an art form.

Postcolonial Theory and Autobiography

Postcolonial Theory and Autobiography
Author: Associate Professor of English Literary Studies David Huddart,David Huddart
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 8
Release: 2008-04-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781134261499

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Cultural theory has often been criticized for covert Eurocentric and universalist tendencies. Its concepts and ideas are implicitly applicable to everyone, ironing over any individuality or cultural difference. Postcolonial theory has challenged these limitations of cultural theory, and Postcolonial Theory and Autobiography addresses the central challenge posed by its autobiographical turn. Despite the fact that autobiography is frequently dismissed for its Western, masculine bias, David Huddart argues for its continued relevance as a central explanatory category in understanding postcolonial theory and its relation to subjectivity. Focusing on the influence of post-structuralist theory on postcolonial theory and vice versa, this study suggests that autobiography constitutes a general philosophical resistance to universal concepts and theories. Offering a fresh perspective on familiar critical figures like Edward W. Said and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, by putting them in the context of readings of the work of Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and Alain Badiou, this book relates the theory of autobiography to expressions of new universalisms that, together with postcolonial theory, rethink and extend norms of experience, investigation, and knowledge.

Writing After Postcolonialism

Writing After Postcolonialism
Author: Jane Hiddleston
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2017-09-21
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781350022805

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'Focusing on francophone writing from North Africa as it has developed since the 1980s, Writing After Postcolonialism explores the extent to which the notion of 'postcolonialism' is still resonant for literary writers a generation or more after independence, and examines the troubled status of literature in society and politics during this period. Whilst analysing the ways in which writers from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia have reacted to political unrest and social dissatisfaction, Jane Hiddleston offers a compelling reflection on literature's ability to interrogate the postcolonial nation as well as on its own uncertain role in the current context. The book sets out both to situate the recent generation of francophone writers in North Africa in relation to contemporary politics, to postcolonial theory, and evolving notions of 'world literature, and to probe the ways in which a new and highly sophisticated set of writers reflect on the very notion of 'the literary' during this period of transition.'

Postcolonial Francophone Autobiographies

Postcolonial Francophone Autobiographies
Author: Edgard Sankara
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2011-08-03
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780813931760

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Bringing a comparative perspective to the study of autobiography, Edgard Sankara considers a cross-section of postcolonial francophone writing from Africa and the Caribbean in order to examine and compare for the first time their transnational reception. Sankara not only compares the ways in which a wide selection of autobiographies were received locally (as well as in France) but also juxtaposes reception by the colonized and the colonizer to show how different meanings were assigned to the works after publication. Sankara’s geographical and cultural coverage of Africa and its diaspora is rich, with separate chapters devoted to the autobiographies of Hampâté Bâ, Valentin Mudimbé, Kesso Barry, Patrick Chamoiseau, Raphaël Confiant, and Maryse Condé. The author combines close reading, reception study, and postcolonial theory to present an insightful survey of the literary connections among these autobiographers as well as a useful point of departure for further exploration of the genre itself, of the role of reception studies in postcolonial criticism, and of the stance that postcolonial francophone writers choose to take regarding their communities of origin. Modern Language Initiative

Handbook of Autobiography Autofiction

Handbook of Autobiography   Autofiction
Author: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 2220
Release: 2019-01-29
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9783110381481

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Autobiographical writings have been a major cultural genre from antiquity to the present time. General questions of the literary as, e.g., the relation between literature and reality, truth and fiction, the dependency of author, narrator, and figure, or issues of individual and cultural styles etc., can be studied preeminently in the autobiographical genre. Yet, the tradition of life-writing has, in the course of literary history, developed manifold types and forms. Especially in the globalized age, where the media and other technological / cultural factors contribute to a rapid transformation of lifestyles, autobiographical writing has maintained, even enhanced, its popularity and importance. By conceiving autobiography in a wide sense that includes memoirs, diaries, self-portraits and autofiction as well as media transformations of the genre, this three-volume handbook offers a comprehensive survey of theoretical approaches, systematic aspects, and historical developments in an international and interdisciplinary perspective. While autobiography is usually considered to be a European tradition, special emphasis is placed on the modes of self-representation in non-Western cultures and on inter- and transcultural perspectives of the genre. The individual contributions are closely interconnected by a system of cross-references. The handbook addresses scholars of cultural and literary studies, students as well as non-academic readers.

Postcolonial Life Writing

Postcolonial Life Writing
Author: Bart Moore-Gilbert
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2009-06-08
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781134106929

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Postcolonial Life-Writing is the first attempt to offer a sustained critique of this increasingly visible and influential field of cultural production. Bart Moore-Gilbert considers the relationship between postcolonial life-writing and its western analogues, identifying the key characteristics that differentiate the genre in the postcolonial context. Focusing particularly on writing styles and narrative conceptions of the Self, this book uncovers a distinctive parallel tradition of auto/biographical writing and analyses its cultural and political significance. Original and provocative, this book brings together the two distinct fields of Postcolonial Studies and Auto/biography Studies in a fruitful and much needed dialogue.

Postcolonial Life Narrative

Postcolonial Life Narrative
Author: Gillian Whitlock
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-04-02
Genre: Autobiography
ISBN: 9780199560622

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Until recently biography and autobiography were seen to be secondary to the novel, poem, and drama. However, since late last century and what is often called the age of memoir writers and readers have turned to autobiographical writing as an innovative and dynamic field in its own right. This book returns to the late eighteenth century and slave narrative as the beginning of a long and vibrant tradition of autobiographical writing in colonial and postcolonialliteratures, and it draws together a selection of topics and texts from Africa, the Caribbean, Africa, North America, and India to encourage readers and students to take a more expansive and innovativeapproach to this field.

Encyclopedia of Life Writing

Encyclopedia of Life Writing
Author: Margaretta Jolly
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 1150
Release: 2013-12-04
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781136787430

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Stories of Women

Stories of Women
Author: Elleke Boehmer,Professor of World Literature in English Elleke Boehmer
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 239
Release: 2005-09-03
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0719068789

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This text combines Boehmer's keynote essays on the mother figure and the postcolonial nation, with incisive new work on male autobiography, 'daughter' writers, the colonial body, the trauma of the post-colony, and the nation in a transnational context.

Postcolonial Poetics

Postcolonial Poetics
Author: Patrick Crowley,Jane Hiddleston
Publsiher: Liverpool University Press
Total Pages: 279
Release: 2011-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781846317453

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Responding to calls to focus on postcolonial literature's literary qualities instead of merely its political content, this volume investigates the idiosyncrasies of postcolonial poetics. However, rather than privileging the literary at the expense of the political, the essays collected here analyze how texts use genre and form to offer multiple and distinct ways of responding to political and historical questions. By probing how different kinds of literary writing can blur with other discourses, the contributors offer key insights into postcolonial literature's power to imagine alternative identities and societies.

Encyclopedia of Post Colonial Literatures in English

Encyclopedia of Post Colonial Literatures in English
Author: Eugene Benson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 1676
Release: 2004-11-10
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781134468485

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Post-Colonial Literatures in English, together with English Literature and American Literature, form one of the three major groupings of literature in English, and, as such, are widely studied around the world. Their significance derives from the richness and variety of experience which they reflect. In three volumes, this Encyclopedia documents the history and development of this body of work and includes original research relating to the literatures of some 50 countries and territories. In more than 1,600 entries written by more than 600 internationally recognized scholars, it explores the effect of the colonial and post-colonial experience on literatures in English worldwide.

Postcolonial Francophone Autobiographies

Postcolonial Francophone Autobiographies
Author: Edgard Sankara
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2011
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780813931715

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Bringing a comparative perspective to the study of autobiography, Edgard Sankara considers a cross-section of postcolonial francophone writing from Africa and the Caribbean in order to examine and compare for the first time their transnational reception. Sankara not only compares the ways in which a wide selection of autobiographies were received locally (as well as in France) but also juxtaposes reception by the colonized and the colonizer to show how different meanings were assigned to the works after publication. Sankara’s geographical and cultural coverage of Africa and its diaspora is rich, with separate chapters devoted to the autobiographies of Hampâté Bâ, Valentin Mudimbé, Kesso Barry, Patrick Chamoiseau, Raphaël Confiant, and Maryse Condé. The author combines close reading, reception study, and postcolonial theory to present an insightful survey of the literary connections among these autobiographers as well as a useful point of departure for further exploration of the genre itself, of the role of reception studies in postcolonial criticism, and of the stance that postcolonial francophone writers choose to take regarding their communities of origin. Modern Language Initiative

Projecting History

Projecting History
Author: Nora M. Alter
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 221
Release: 2009-08-27
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780472022571

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The intersection between social, historical, and political developments in Germany and the emergence of a nonfiction mode of film production