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Postcolonial Studies and Comparative Literature

Postcolonial Studies and Comparative Literature THE COMPAKATIST REVIEWS KOSTAS MYRSIADES and JERRY MCGUIRE, eds. Order and Partialities: Theory, Pedagogy, and the "Postcolonial " SUNY Series, interruptions: Border Testimony(ies) and Critical Discourse/s. Ed. Henry A. Giroux. Albany: SU of New York P, 1995. 415 pp. The postcolonial essays in this edited volume from College Literature give comparatists an opportunity to reflect on the connections between this burgeoning new field and their own. At times, to be sure, these connections have been simplistically denied. Ifa postcolonialist could argue that comparative literature emphasizes the imperial nations and is irredeemably Eurocentric, a comparatist might reply that too much postcolonial criticism is limited to the vicissitudes of a single empire, whether British, French, or Spanish. We should realize, however, that turf-protective accusations ofthis kind violate a basic impulse ofboth fields, which is--as intimated by Henry A. Giroux's title for the SUNY series in which Order and Parti- alities appears--the will to cross cultural borders. The section on Irish literature and postcolonial theory organized in last year's issue of The Comparatist by Michael Molino, as well as the recent double issue ofthe Canadian Review ofComparative Literature on "Postcolonial Literatures: Theory and Practice" edited by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Postcolonial Studies and Comparative Literature

The Comparatist , Volume 21 (1) – Oct 3, 1997

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THE COMPAKATIST REVIEWS KOSTAS MYRSIADES and JERRY MCGUIRE, eds. Order and Partialities: Theory, Pedagogy, and the "Postcolonial " SUNY Series, interruptions: Border Testimony(ies) and Critical Discourse/s. Ed. Henry A. Giroux. Albany: SU of New York P, 1995. 415 pp. The postcolonial essays in this edited volume from College Literature give comparatists an opportunity to reflect on the connections between this burgeoning new field and their own. At times, to be sure, these connections have been simplistically denied. Ifa postcolonialist could argue that comparative literature emphasizes the imperial nations and is irredeemably Eurocentric, a comparatist might reply that too much postcolonial criticism is limited to the vicissitudes of a single empire, whether British, French, or Spanish. We should realize, however, that turf-protective accusations ofthis kind violate a basic impulse ofboth fields, which is--as intimated by Henry A. Giroux's title for the SUNY series in which Order and Parti- alities appears--the will to cross cultural borders. The section on Irish literature and postcolonial theory organized in last year's issue of The Comparatist by Michael Molino, as well as the recent double issue ofthe Canadian Review ofComparative Literature on "Postcolonial Literatures: Theory and Practice" edited by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 3, 1997

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