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Orientalism, Terrorism, Indigenism
South Asian Readings in Postcolonialism

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  • Pavan Kumar Malreddy - Researcher, Institute for English and American Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt

June 2015 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This book’s contribution lies in its careful synthesis of concepts and concrete examples on issues of contemporary concern: terrorism, Orientalism, and Dalit Bahujan movements, and their reception in the popular media as well as in academic literature.

Drawing from the latest developments in South Asian literary studies, this book examines the uses of postcolonial theory in understanding the structural transformations enabled by post-9/11 discourses of Orientalism and terrorism; the internal contradictions between South Asian approaches to postcolonialism (Subaltern Studies) and its European adaptations; and the resistance produced by the indigenization of local literary traditions in the work of select South Asian literary figures. The three sub-sections—“discourses,” “disjunctures,” and “indigenisms”—provide the conceptual space necessary for a thematic guidance of the respective arguments presented in this book.

This book will be useful to scholars specializing in South Asian studies, Indian English Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Sociology, and Political Science.

 


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
I: DISCOURSES: ORIENTALISM, TERRORISM, AND POPULAR CULTURE
 
Orientalism(s) After 9/11
 
Imagining the Terrorist: A Post-orientalist Inquiry
 
"Pulp Orientalism" : Representations of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Popular Fiction
 
II: DISJUNCTURES: HUMANISM AND INTERDISCIPLINARITY
 
After Orientalism:Difference and Disjuncture in Postcolonial Theory
 
Postcolonialism: Interdisciplinary or Interdiscursive?
 
III: INDIGENISM(S): COSMOPOLITANISM, RIGHTS, AND CULTURAL POLITICS
 
Cosmopolitanism Within: The Case of R.K. Narayan’s Fictional Malgudi
 
(An)Other way of Being Human: Indigenous Alternatives to Postcolonial Humanism
 
Margins of India: Kancha Ilaiah’s Postcolonial "Nationalogues"
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"The book leaves with its precautionary sigh, but it is a welcome improvement upon the ‘beginners’ of postcolonial literature, particularly in respect of the new shape that the post 9/11 world has shaped into. The book is immensely useful for courses in postcolonial studies in the South Asian context where postcolonial studies has to address and factor in Dalit studies and understand their nuances, intersections and differences." 

Sourav Banerjee, Kitaab, February, 2018
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