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Revisiting postcolonial theory: Continuities and departures in the twenty-first century

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dc.contributor.author Kalua, Fetson
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-07T14:22:53Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-07T14:22:53Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-29
dc.identifier.citation Fetson Kalua (2014) Revisiting postcolonial theory: Continuities and departures in the twenty-first century, English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies, 31:1, 66-76 en
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5360
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10131752.2014.909004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/14631
dc.description Due to copyright restrictions, the full text of this article is not attached to this item. Please follow the DOI link at the top of the record to access the online published version on the official website of the journal
dc.description.abstract This article aims to map the terrain of postcolonial theory from its Marxist origins, to a postmodern ‘totalizing’, and ‘hegemonic’ view of reading culture. One of the coordinates, that of continuities, reinforces notions of pure cultures and other instances of vestigial populist nostalgia about putatively pure tradition, while another, that of departures, places identity in a world that is susceptible to constant transitions. Postcolonial theory is elaborated through its intersection with globalization – a concept which is quasicolonial in its application, and is used here broadly as a metaphor for modernity. Rather than nurturing and relying on a facile optimism based on paradigms that assume the linear march of history, and hence identity, this article argues for an ever-contested and infinitely viable terrain of postcolonial theory that is deployed to contend with, and continually interrogate, the notion of identity as rooted in realism and in tradition, thus making that notion self-consciously diverse, fluid and heterogeneous. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject Homi Bhabha en
dc.subject culture en
dc.subject globalization en
dc.subject liminality en
dc.subject The Location of Culture en
dc.subject modernity en
dc.subject postcolonial en
dc.title Revisiting postcolonial theory: Continuities and departures in the twenty-first century en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department English Studies en


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