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Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction

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Postcolonial Theory is a 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 theo ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 12th 1998 by Columbia University Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Aug 21, 2014 Lilli rated it liked it
3.5 point

An overall good introduction having the merit of not circulating around too much, but highlighting the connections and problematical points of the past and recent post-colonial studies. The two chapters about humanities seemed overwhelming in comparison of the other chapters.

Some critics to justify my rating:
- you have to have a solid background in feminist and post-structuralist studies to fully understand their importance and place in the chapters, and to fully understand what role D
Nov 19, 2010 kasia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know stuff about postcolonialism
The best kind of critical introduction: well-written, easy to read, but thorough and not dumbed down at all, and with really interesting insights and critiques. She is spot-on in her criticisms, but simultaneously very much committed to the ideals at the heart of postcolonial studies and doesnt dismiss it despite being aware of some major problems underlying the entire enterprise. It's incredibly refreshing - it gives someone like me, who is skeptical of some of the underlying premises, space to ...more
Leela Gandhi's book works as an excellent summary/introduction to postcolonial theory in large part because, rather than assuming the reader is familiar with the entire body of critical theory that came before, Gandhi provides a succinct and comprehensible account of the thinkers and themes influencing postcolonial theory. In this way, it also works as a short review/introduction to poststructuralism. Her prose is fluid and clear, making what could have been a difficult and dense book instead qu ...more
May 13, 2017 Abe rated it it was amazing
Illuminating. Academic prose but not enough to choke you. Is there anything more beautiful than learning to see the world in new ways?
Jan 31, 2011 Xuyen rated it it was amazing
Very clearly written introductory text to the field of postcolonial studies. Explores postcolonialism's problematic relationship with Marxist as well as poststructural/postmodern thought very well. It also provides good insight into the value and limitations of such a field of study. Also -- very easy to read for a text about a field of literary theory!
Heather Clitheroe
Jan 19, 2012 Heather Clitheroe rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Interesting review of post-colonial theory that pulls together quite a lot of theory (and some history, too). Very dense text, though - it takes some time to get through it, though you'll find that it's a worthwhile resource. The bibliography is outstanding.
Dec 15, 2007 lilly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: nerds
Super readable, dense, and brief introduction to many things postcolonial. You probably wouldn't read this unless you were a nerd with inclinations towards the literary / historical or an academic.
Sankar Raj
Jan 16, 2011 Sankar Raj rated it really liked it
A small but good introduction to post colonial theory
A great and eminently readable introduction to Post-Colonial Theory. She touches on all sorts of topics within the study and (at least for me) cemented how fascinating and important a study it is.
Jim Angstadt
Mar 11, 2013 Jim Angstadt rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Bailed. Muddy topics. Meandering.
Jennifer Marie
Oct 03, 2016 Jennifer Marie rated it really liked it
A good overview
Aug 09, 2011 June rated it it was amazing
a very good reader of postcolonial theory
Feb 10, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Great reference book for a snapshot of post-colonial theory but getting a bit dated now - written in 1998.
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Read Chapter 2- Thinking Otherwise: a brief intellectual history
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Leela Gandhi is Professor of English at Brown University and a noted academic in the field of postcolonial theory. She is the co-editor of the academic journal Postcolonial Studies, the author of the summary text Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction and she serves on the editorial board of the electronic journal, Postcolonial Text. She is the daughter of the late Indian philosopher Ramchan ...more
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