Of Irony and Empire: Islam, the West, and the Transcultural Invention of Africa

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SUNY Press, Jun 5, 2008 - History - 241 pages
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Of Irony and Empire is a dynamic, thorough examination of Muslim writers from former European colonies in Africa who have increasingly entered into critical conversations with the metropole. Focusing on the period between World War I and the present, “the age of irony,” this book explores the political and symbolic invention of Muslim Africa and its often contradictory representations. Through a critical analysis of irony and resistance in works by writers who come from nomadic areas around the Sahara—Mustapha Tlili (Tunisia), Malika Mokeddem (Algeria), Cheikh Hamidou Kane (Senegal), and Tayeb Salih (Sudan)—Laura Rice offers a fresh perspective that accounts for both the influence of the Western, instrumental imaginary, and the Islamic, holistic one.
 

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Contents

Prologue Of Irony and Empire
1
African ConscriptsEuropean Conflicts Race Memory and the Lessons of War
45
Ambiguous Adventure Reading Cheikh Hamidou Kane
79
Heimlich unHeimlich Of Home as Heterotopia in Salih Tlili and Mokeddem
125
Epilogue The Ends of Irony
175
Notes
197
Bibliography
207
Index
225
SUNY series Explorations in Postcolonial Studies
241
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Laura Rice is Professor of Comparative Literature at Oregon State University and cotranslator (with Karim Hamdy) of Century of Locusts by Malika Mokeddem and Departures by Isabelle Eberhardt.

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