General Introduction

Huggan, Graham (2013). General Introduction. In Graham Huggan (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies (pp. 1-26) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199588251.001.0001

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Author Huggan, Graham
Title of chapter General Introduction
Title of book The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Introduction, foreword, editorial or appendix
DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199588251.001.0001
Series Oxford Handbooks of Literature
ISBN 9780199588251
Editor Graham Huggan
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 26
Total chapters 30
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The General Introduction to the Handbook makes the case for postcolonialism as a committed mode of revisionist knowledge, both rigorously aware and resolutely adversarial, that dedicates itself to the service of human freedom in the context of a world historically conditioned by colonial relations of power. Beginning with a brief discussion of the recent events of the Arab Spring, the Introduction argues that, far from turning its back on its own liberationist anti-colonial origins, postcolonialism enters into constructive dialogue with these. Similarly, ‘revolutionary’ and ‘reconciliatory’ postcolonialisms, sometimes seen as being mutually exclusive, enter into a negotiated relationship with critical revisionism that offers a new, triangulated way of looking at and creatively accounting for the constitutive contradictions in the postcolonial field. The Introduction concludes by re-asserting, as do the subsequent chapters in the volume, postcolonialism’s continuing obligation to complexity, and by reconfirming its urgent relevance to a world that is persistently marked and marred by colonialism—by multiple colonialisms—even as postcolonial critics work towards their utopian goal of making colonialism and the ideologies that drive it a thing of the past.
Keyword Postcolonialism
Q-Index Code BX
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