Deconstruction and the Postcolonial: At the Limits of Theory

Syrotinski, M. (2007) Deconstruction and the Postcolonial: At the Limits of Theory. Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines, 1. Liverpool University Press: Liverpool and Chicago. ISBN 9781846310560 (doi: 10.5949/UPO9781846312922)

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As postcolonial studies shifts to a more comparative approach one of the most intriguing developments has been within the Francophone world. A number of genealogical lines of influence are now being drawn connecting the work of the three figures most associated with the emergence of postcolonial theory - Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, and Gayatri Spivak - to an earlier generation of French (predominantly 'poststructuralist') theorists. Within this emerging narrative of intellectual influences, the importance of the thought of Jacques Derrida, and the status of deconstruction generally, has been acknowledged, but has not until now been adequately accounted for. In this book I tease out the underlying conceptual tensions and theoretical stakes of what I term a 'deconstructive postcolonialism', and argue that postcolonial studies stands to gain ground in terms of its political forcefulness and philosophical rigour by turning back to, and not away from, deconstruction.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Syrotinski, Professor Michael
Authors: Syrotinski, M.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > French
Publisher:Liverpool University Press
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