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Author Patke, Rajeev S. (Rajeev Shridhar), author.
Title Modernist literature and postcolonial studies / Rajeev S. Patke.
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2013.
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 Floor4  PN56.M54 P38 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xxvii, 164 p. ; 24 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Series Postcolonial literary studies
Postcolonial literary studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [143]-157) and index.
Contents Introductory Survey. Becoming 'modern' ; 'Modern' in a postcolonial perspective ; 'Otherness' and the modernist imagination. -- Three Debates. Modernist literature and the Left ; Modernist literature and the Right ; Modernist literature and race. -- Case Studies. Modernism and gender ; Modernist allegory ; Modernism and faith.
Summary "Neither modernity nor colonalism (and likewise, neither postmodernity nor postcoloniality) can be properly understood without recognition of their intertwined development. This book interprets modernity as an asymmetrically global phenomenon complexly connected to the course of Western imperialism, and demonstrates how the impact of Western modernism produced new developments in writing from all the former colonies of Europe and the US. These developments constitute the afterlife of Western modernism. The various ways in which the aesthetic ideologies and writing strategies of Western modernism have been adapted, transposed and modified by some of the most innovative writers of the twentieth century is demonstrated in the book through a set of case studies, each of which juxtaposes a canonical modernist text with a postcolonial text that shows how modernist modes metamorphosed in interaction with the turbulent and volatile realities of colonies and new nations struggling to arrive at a modernity of their own in contexts marked by colonial histories. Thus Kafka's allegories are juxtaposed with the use of allegory in writers like Salman Rushdie and J.M.Coetzee; the gendered modernity of Virginia Woolf is juxtaposed with the disturbing and powerful fictions of writers such as Jean Rhys and Katherine Mansfield; the intellectualized and urbanized spirituality of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land is re-read in the revisionist contexts created by the brilliant and troubled urban spirituality of writers such as Arun Kolatkar from India and a text such as The Woman Who Had Two Navels, from the Philippines."--Publisher's website.
Subject Modernism (Literature)
Imperialism in literature.
English literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
ISBN 0748639934 (pbk.)
9780748639939 (pbk.)
9780748639922 (hardback)
0748639926 (hardback)
OCLC number 827267062