LEELA GANDHI POSTCOLONIAL THEORY PDF

Postcolonial Theory : A critical introduction. Leela Gandhi. Postcolonial Theory is a ground-breaking critical introduction to the burgeoning field of postcolonial studies. Leela Gandhi is the first to clearly map out this field 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 Bhabha, and also points to postcolonialism's relationship to earlier thinkers such as Frantz Fanon and Mahatma Gandhi.

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Leela Gandhi. New York: Columbia University Press, If the updates to the text consist of a second preface and a new epilogue that bookend the text, to what extent do the original chapters still capture the landscape of the field? The chapter begins with the tensions between poststructuralism and postmodernism and Marxism. Here again, an update that takes stock of the contemporary conversation in postcolonial theory would be useful. The new epilogue is a departure in form from the rest of the book.

For readers looking for a concise and specific account of the developments in postcolonial theory since , the epilogue demurs to deliver. Instead, Gandhi focuses her account on seven themes that characterize postcolonial thinking: assemblage, injury, exit, ontology, renunciation, ethics, and advice to kings.

In the end, each proposal reads intriguingly like a Nietzschean aphorism. If taken in that spirit, the epilogue offers much to debate and to decipher in contemporary arguments about the utility of postcolonial thinking. To a large extent, Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction endures as an important book for contextualizing and historicizing postcolonial theory. Early chapters are especially suitable for the undergraduate classroom for their clear summaries of complex postcolonial concepts, and for the long view of Western philosophy and humanism out of and against which postcolonial theory emerges.

Citation: Amanda Lagji. H-Empire, H-Net Reviews. November, Notes [1]. Add a Comment. Michigan State University Department of History.

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Leela Gandhi

Leela Gandhi. New York: Columbia University Press, If the updates to the text consist of a second preface and a new epilogue that bookend the text, to what extent do the original chapters still capture the landscape of the field? The chapter begins with the tensions between poststructuralism and postmodernism and Marxism. Here again, an update that takes stock of the contemporary conversation in postcolonial theory would be useful.

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Lagji on Gandhi, 'Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction: Second Edition'

Leela Gandhi born is John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English at Brown University and a noted academic in the field of postcolonial theory. She is a founding co-editor of the academic journal Postcolonial Studies , and she serves on the editorial board of the electronic journal Postcolonial Text. Leela was born in Mumbai and is the daughter of the late Indian philosopher Ramchandra Gandhi and the great-granddaughter of the Indian Independence movement leader Mahatma Gandhi. She is also the great-granddaughter of C. Her paternal grandfather Devdas Gandhi was the youngest son of Mahatma Gandhi and her paternal grandmother Lakshmi was the daughter of C. With the publication of her first book Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction in , Gandhi was described as mapping "the field in terms of its wider philosophical and intellectual context, drawing important connections between postcolonial theory and poststructuralism , postmodernism , Marxism and feminism.

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