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Author Deckard, Sharae

Title Marxism, Postcolonial Theory, and the Future of Critique : Critical Engagements with Benita Parry
Published Florence : Routledge, 2018


Description 1 online resource (307 pages)
Series Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures Ser
Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures Ser
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Foreword; Against the Grain: An Introduction to Benita Parry's Intellectual Itinerary; PART I: Aesthetics; 1 Against Modernism; 2 "I remember, I remember so as not to forget!" Orhan Pamuk's Melancholic Agency and the Splenetic Périples of Mediterranean Writing; 3 "Broken Histories": The Tribal and the Modern in Arun Joshi's The Strange Case of Billy Biswas; 4 Peripheral Irrealisms: Water-Spirits, World-Ecology, and Neoliberalism; 5 "Not even a sci-fi writer": Peripheral Genres, the World- System Novel, and Junot Díaz
PART II: Politics6 Towards a Pre-History of National Liberation Struggle; 7 Disaffection, Sedition, and Resistance: Aurobindo Ghose and Revolutionary Thought; 8 Revolutionary Nationalism and Global Horizons: The Ghadar Party on Ireland and China; 9 The Limits of African Nationalism: From Anti-Apartheid Resistance to Postcolonial Critique; 10 Maverick Marxism? Eclipsed Enlightenments, Horizons of Solidarity, and Utopian Realism; PART III: Interlocutions; 11 "It could be otherwise, it should be otherwise": A Conversation with Benita Parry; 12 "Intellectual Life: A Duty to Dissent."
13 Benita Parry's PositionNotes on Contributors; Bibliography of Benita Parry's Works; Index
Summary Using the aesthetic and political concerns of Parry's oeuvre as a touchstone, this book explores new directions for postcolonial studies, Marxist literary criticism, and world literature in the contemporary moment, seeking to re-imagine the field, and alongside it, new possibilities for left critique. It is the first volume of essays focusing on the field-defining intellectual legacy of the literary scholar Benita Parry. As a leading critic of the post-structuralist turn within postcolonial studies, Parry has not only brought Marxism and postcolonial theory into a productive, albeit tense, dialogue, but has reinvigorated the field by bringing critical questions of resistance and struggle to bear on aesthetic forms. The book's aim is two-fold: first, to evaluate Parry's formative influence within postcolonial studies and its interface with Marxist literary criticism, and second, to explore new terrains of scholarship opened up by Parry's work. It provides a critical overview of Parry's key interventions, such as her contributions to colonial discourse theory; her debate with Spivak on subaltern consciousness and representation; her critique of post-apartheid reconciliation and neoliberalism in South Africa; her materialist critique of writers such as Kipling, Conrad, and Salih; her work on liberation theory, resistance, and radical agency; as well as more recent work on the aesthetics of "peripheral modernity." The volume contains cutting-edge work on peripheral aesthetics, the world-literary system, critiques of global capitalism and capitalist modernity, and the resurgence of Marxism, communism, and liberation theory by a range of established and new scholars who represent a dissident and new school of thought within postcolonial studies more generally. It concludes with the first-ever detailed interview with Benita Parry about her activism, political commitments, and her life and work as a scholar
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Subject Marxist criticism.
Postcolonialism in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Subjects & Themes -- Politics.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Communism & Socialism.
Benita Parry.
Capitalist Modernity.
Colonial Discourse Theory.
Gayatri Spivak.
Liberation Theory.
Marxist Literary Criticism.
Neil Lazarus.
Peripheral Modernity.
Postcolonial Literature.
Postcolonial Theory.
World Literature.
Marxist criticism
Postcolonialism in literature
Form Electronic book
Author Varma, Rashmi
ISBN 9781317287803