Postcolonial Theory is a ground-breaking critical introduction to the burgeoning field of postcolonial studies.
Leela Gandhi maps out this field clearly in terms of its wider philosophical and intellectual context, drawing important connections between postcolonial theory and poststructuralism, postmodernism, Marxism and feminism. She assesses the contribution of major theorists such as Edward said, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhaba, and also points to the influence of earlier thinkers such as Frantz Fanon
This book is distinctive in its concern for the specific historical, material and cultural contexts for postcolonial theory, and in its attempt to sketch out the ethical possibilities for postcolonial theory as a model for living with and 'knowing' cultural
Postcolonial Theory is a useful starting point or readers new to the field and a provocative account, which opens possibilities for debate.
About the Author
Leela Gandhi lectures in the school of English at La Trobe University, Melbourne, she researches the cultural history of the Indo-British colonial encounter, and has published extensively in this area. She is joint editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies.
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