Colonial Memory: Contemporary Women's Travel Writing in Britain and the Netherlands

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Amsterdam University Press, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 180 pages
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Exploring the intersections of memory, gender, and the postcolonial, Colonial Memory explores the phenomenon of colonial memory through the specific genre of women's travel writing. Building on criticism of memory and travel writing, Sarah De Mul seeks to open Dutch literature to postcolonial themes and concepts and to insert the history of the Dutch colonies and its critical recollection into the traditionally Anglophone-dominated field of postcolonial studies.

“A vividly conceived and theoretically astute reading of the complicated weavings between the past and present involved in memory work and the process of nostalgic return.”—Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
IntroductionYesterday does not go by
9
Chapter 1 A trip down memory lane Colonial memory in womens travel writing
17
Chapter 2 Women s memory of Rhodesia the Dutch East Indies and Dutch and British cultures of colonial remembrance
33
Chapter 3 Nostalgic memory in Aya Zikkens Terug naar de atlasvlinder
55
Chapter 4 Indo postmemory in Marion Bloems Muggen Mensen Olifanten
81
Chapter 5 Everyday memory in Doris Lessing s African laughter Four visits to Zimbabwe
103
Conclusion
123
Notes
131
Bibliography
159
Index
177
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About the author (2011)

Sarah De Mul is a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders in the Department of Literary Studies at Leuven University.

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