Professor Stephen Howe, review of Imperialism and Postcolonialism, review no. This has certainly seemed to be the case for both the territories that Barbara Bush seeks, with considerable success, to bring together here. A more recent, but even more flourishing, genre has been the survey, aimed at students, aiming to chart the field of colonial and postcolonial cultural studies, ordinarily with a strong emphasis on a handful of particularly influential theorists: Edward W. Said, Homi K.
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Professor Stephen Howe, review of Imperialism and Postcolonialism, review no. This has certainly seemed to be the case for both the territories that Barbara Bush seeks, with considerable success, to bring together here.
A more recent, but even more flourishing, genre has been the survey, aimed at students, aiming to chart the field of colonial and postcolonial cultural studies, ordinarily with a strong emphasis on a handful of particularly influential theorists: Edward W. Said, Homi K. Bhabha, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. The first set of introductory texts has tended to be written mainly by historians and aimed at history students, the second to come from, and be addressed to, people in literature departments.
This might not be thought an especially healthy situation. It is certainly one that poses problems for the teacher trying to decide which of these introductions to recommend, or the student wondering which to buy. Endeavors to survey and analyze the literatures of imperial history and of post colonial studies together, however, have been very few, and have mostly come from locations solidly emplaced in one or the other of these sporadically-hostile subdisciplines.
The scope and ambition involved are extremely impressive. So too are many, indeed most, aspects of the execution. The book is clearly and accessibly written, but without blatantly oversimplifying or short-circuiting the often complex debates with which it deals. Bush has consulted an imposing mass of relevant texts in numerous specialist areas, and includes an excellent, detailed guide to further reading.
If the reviewer must also note some significant flaws, these should be seen as blemishing, but not disfiguring, a very accomplished and welcome initiative. She does not, however, offer a particular or distinctive definition herself—an abstention which her colleague Peter Cain in his Foreword to the book thinks wise, but which others may find a little frustrating. The choice of emphasis has a clear and compelling rationale, to be sure; but it does tend to induce an overemphasis, perhaps, on the novelty of some themes in recent writing, and to miss or understate certain earlier currents.
Indeed, for many of them there have been unjustly neglected precursors to the explosion of new work in the past couple of decades. One might better, more modestly, say that many of these were issues which had been comparatively under-investigated. There is a stronger case for urging the importance of transdisciplinary perspectives in much such writing: it is perhaps in this regard more than any other that theories of colonial discourse and postcoloniality reinvigorated the historical study of empires.
Indeed, when she moves, here, to the very recent past, the claims are sometimes uncomfortably sweeping. In these last pages, the authors singled out for mention or sketchy summary are overwhelmingly radical critics of Western or US power: the degree of balance between contending viewpoints pursued elsewhere in the book is here seemingly abandoned.
There have certainly been arguments for such a thing, but her phrasing seems to suggest an established fact on the ground, and it is hard to see that there have actually been clear examples of that in operation—so far.
Too much is assumed or elided here, even apart from the fact that elsewhere Bush had neither much used nor seemed much to like the concept of the postmodern. This contrasts disappointingly with the success which much else in the book achieves in clearly mapping some very complex debates.
It will also give more specialist readers much to think about and to learn from. July
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