A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures - by Prem Poddar, Rajeev Patke, Lars Jensen

By Prem Poddar, Rajeev Patke, Lars Jensen

Nearby Editors: John Beverley, Charles Forsdick, Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Theo Dh'aen, Lars Jensen, Birthe Kundrus, Elizabeth Monasterios, Phillip RothwellThis quantity enhances A ancient better half to Postcolonial Literatures in English (Edinburgh, 2005) and is the 1st connection with combine an authoritative physique of labor at the political, cultural, and monetary contexts of postcolonial literatures originating in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Latin the US, and the Philippines. accomplished in its geographical scope, the significant other extends from South the United States and the Caribbean to Africa, the center East, and Asia. It comprises the literatures and histories of areas during which Europe merges into Asia, as within the circumstances of Turkey and Russia, and contains essays at the Jewish Diaspora and our present "clash of civilizations".Written by means of famous students in postcolonial experiences, entries hide significant occasions, principles, activities, and figures. subject matters variety from Europe's in another country exploration, cost, and colonization to decolonization and spotlight the relevance of colonial histories to the cultural, social, political, and literary formations of up to date postcolonial societies and international locations. every one access offers a succinct account of an occasion or subject and indicates additional studying in literary works and histories.By outlining the historic contexts of postcolonial literatures, this quantity is vital to deciphering complicated debates on race, politics, economics, colonialism and neo-colonialism, and tradition and language.

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How Europe colonised peoples, how that changed Europe and those peoples, and how the changed world now looks back on those pasts matters in every here and now where the book finds its readers. Prem Poddar, Rajeev Patke and Lars Jensen References Benjamin, Walter (2003), Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 4: 1938–1940, ed. Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings, trans. , Cambridge, MA and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Poddar, Prem and David Johnson (2005) (eds), A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in English, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

More centrally, and sometimes less obviously, many of the central concerns of contemporary European societies – migration, trans-nationalism, the integration (or not) of diasporic communities, multiculturalism, xenophobia and racism – are made less incomprehensible through a careful interrogation of their colonial pasts. By bringing together apparently disparate but partially congruent historical narratives, our Companion reinforces the fundamental relevance of historical memory to contemporary life.

For the Catholic Church, the opening of new African territories was seen as an opportunity to revive evangelisation in western Congo, and also to take up the even more challenging task of putting a halt to the rapid expansion of Islam in the eastern part of the territory (in the Great Lakes region). This modern age crusade also aimed at eradicating slavery, a practice that had been reawakened by Muslim traders and proselytes from the Sudan. Leopold II, who was a staunch advocate of the Church in his own country, used this argument further to legitimise his ambitions and, in order to achieve his goal, he joined forces with the French anti-slavery activist Cardinal Lavigerie who made sure that his ordre des pères blancs became the main converting agency in the eastern provinces of the colony.

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