Absolutely Postcolonial: Writing Between the Singular and the Specific

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 433 pages
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Contrary to its usual characterisation in terms of plurality, particularity and resistance, this book argues that the post-colonial is best understood as an ultimately singular or non-relational category. A singularity is something that generates the medium of its own existence, to the eventual exclusion of other existences. Drawing on the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou and guided by comparisons with Buddhism and Islam, Absolutely postcolonial defends this approach both through a detailed critique of postcolonial theory and through comparative, comprehensive readings of four very different contemporary writers: Edouard Glissant, Charles Johnson, Mohammed Dib, and Severo Sarduy. Along the way, it also looks to some of these same writers for resources with which we might develop a relational or specific alternative to the postcolonial paradigm that has become so influential in literary and cultural studies.
 

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Contents

Postcolonial theory
20
Postcolonial specifications
35
The Marxist counterattack
41
from nation to Relation
66
HI National redundance dialectical depassement
76
the dialectic en panne
87
despair and transition
91
beyond national consciousness
100
I Tawil Ishraq and the alam almithal
215
And then?
235
Return to the specific
247
sunyata and beyond
254
toward paralysis of the sensorymotor schema
266
Sarduys neobaroque
274
Empty foundations
281
Cobra 1972
290

Charles Johnson and the transcendence of place
133
n Johnson and the Good Thing
143
Writing on the plane of immanence
168
The universal and the transcendental
176
Territory deferred
194
Toward the limits of the specific
206
From death to dying
318
CoNCLUSIoN
329
NoTES
336
BIBLIOGRAPHY
394
INDEX
426
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Peter Hallward teaches at King's College London, and is the author of Subject to Truth: The Philosophy of Alain Badiou (2002)

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