PDF | On Oct 1, , Lidan Lin and others published Leela Gandhi. Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction. All rights reserved. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Gandhi, Leela, Postcolonial theory: a critical introduction I Leela Gandhi. p. cm. Postcolonial Theory is a ground-breaking critical introduction to the burgeoning field of Leela Gandhi is the first to clearly map out this field in terms of its wider .

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Gandhi’s book is exhaustive in its analysis of postcolonial theory and thorough in its attempt to establish strong connections across the heterogeneous topography of postcoloniality.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Leela Gandhi is the first to clearly map out this field in terms of its wider philosophical and intellectual context, drawing important connections between postcolonial theory and poststructuralism, postmodernism, marxism and feminism.

Gandhi’s critique allows for the exploration of important issues and questions relating to nationalism, pedagogy, and cultural studies. Page – The consciousness of self is not the closing of a door to communication.

She assesses the contribution of major theorists such as Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha, and also points to postcolonialism’s relationship to earlier thinkers such as Frantz Fanon and Mahatma Gandhi. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Click here to sign up.

Postcolonial Theory is a useful starting point for readers new to the field and a provocative account which opens possibilities for debate. Page 51 – And how is criticism to show disinterestedness? Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: A Critical Introduction by Leela Gandhi. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. She further writes that the colonial archive preserves those versions of knowledge and agency produced in response to the particular pressures of the colonial encounter.


Drawing on the work of a plethora of theorists and critics—Ahmad, Bhabha, Chakrabarty, Fanon, Foucault, Lacan, Lloyd, Lyotard, Memmi, Said, Spivak—Gandhi’s interpretations and rigorous analysis are often stimulating as the text distances itself from its purely informational role. For Gandhi, then, the shortcomings of postcolonialism reside in the failure to “foreground those cultural and historical conversations which circumvent the Western world” xand postcolonialism should “diversify its mode of address and learn to speak more adequately to the world which it speaks for” x.

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Postcolonial Theory

Leela Gandhi is the first to clearly map out this field in terms of its wider philosophical and intellectual context, drawing important connections between postcolonial theory and poststructuralism, postmodernism, marxism and feminism. Skip to main content.

The main of the theory is not only to make a careful retrieval of historical details but also it has a political obligation to assist the subjects of the postcoloniality to live with the gaps and fissure of their condition and thereby learn to proceed with self-realization and self-understanding.

Selected pages Title Page. Instead of engaging with ambivalent condition of the colonial aftermath, it tries to indulge on the discursive and textual production of colonial meanings and to the consolidation of colonial hegemony. Monarchy and the End of Empire Philip Murphy. Academic Skip to main content. Page – The telling has not been easy. Page 30 – I have never lsela one among them who could deny that a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India and Arabia.

Research in African Literatures. One has to convey in a language that is not one’s own the spirit that is one’s own. While Gandhi remains faithful to the book’s stated objective of postcolonail a critical introduction to postcolonial theory, the book is considerably more rewarding and challenging than its stated structural parameters may initially imply.

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Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Betting on the Africans Philip E. Contact Contact Us Help. The book is distinctive in its concern for the specific historical, material and cultural contexts for postcolonial theory, and in its attempt to sketch out the ethical possibilities for postcolonial theory as a model for living with and ‘knowing’ cultural differences non-violently.


Page 94 – This enabled the colonial administration to define a precise political doctrine: Jeroen Gunning and Ilan Zvi Baron.

Pantsov and Steven I. An updated and revised edition of this book might consider extending this analysis in order to incorporate these recent trends. Dialogue Tips on technique 5: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

For example, Gandhi’s insistence on the importance of complicity and collaboration, and the link she establishes later in the book with the potentiality of postnationalist discourse, allows her to formulate a critique of a Manichean and binary discourse concerning the colonized and the colonizer, highlighting instead the mutually constitutive, symbiotic dynamic that characterizes these relations.

Settings Tips on technique 3: Other editions – View all Postcolonial Theory: She is joint editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies. Recent paradigms offered by transcolonial and transnational approaches facilitate such discussions outside of imperializing networks that inevitably reproduce exclusionary mechanisms, and accord prominence not only to print culture but also to other cultural manifestations that are often ignored by the Western academy.