By Ania Loomba

This obtainable creation explores the ancient dimensions and theoretical recommendations linked to colonial and post-colonial experiences. Ania Loomba examines the main beneficial properties of the ideologies and background of colonialism, the connection of colonial discourse to literature, demanding situations to colonialism, and up to date advancements in post-colonial theories and histories within the writings of latest theorists, together with Edward stated, Abdul JanMohamed, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Spivak. Loomba additionally seems at how sexuality is figured within the texts of colonialism, and the way modern feminist principles and ideas intersect with these of post-colonialist inspiration. transparent and concise, Colonialism/Postcolonialism is a needs to for a person eager to comprehend this important and intricate region.

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The fact that this theoretical position runs counter to Said's 49 50 SITUATING SlTuATlNC POSTCOLONIAL S T U D I E S professed political aim o f effecting the dissolution o f 'Orientalism' could be seen as an ironic validation o f his o w n theory, since even he seems trapped within the frame o f Orientalism. unable t o move outside it. 51 P ~ S T C O L O N I A LS T U D I E S Foucaultlan idras t o conceptualise m u l t i p l r c h a l l m s e s t o authority. These are macters o f o n g o i n g debate.

The concepr of 'discoucse', as we earlier saw, was meanr to uncover the interrelation between the ideological and the material rather than to collapse them into each other. But of course in practice, thls ideal does nor always work, perhaps because so many of chose who work in this area have been trained in literary srudies, art history, historical studies, anthropology, film, and media and culrural studlrs rather than in economics or medicine. O f course, these disciplinary boundaries have been disintegrating over rhe last two derades.

To that extent. we may say that all discourses are colonialist discourses. At one level, such a conclusion simply underlines the Marxist notion that all ideas are inrer-dependent wirh economic and social reality. e. coionially honed ideas of cultural and racial difference - which does not sufiicirntly inflect Marxist history It in fact highlights how ideas (4 contribute to the creation of (instead of merely replicating) social systems. By pointing out how deeply its knowledge systems Were imbricated in racial and colonialist perspectives, scholars such as Bernal, Said or Spivak have contributed to, indeed extended, the discrediting of the project of the Europran Enlightenment by post-srrucruralists such as Foucault.

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