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Postcolonial nostalgias : writing, representation and memory, Dennis Walder

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Postcolonial nostalgias : writing, representation and memory
Title
Postcolonial nostalgias
Title remainder
writing, representation and memory
Statement of responsibility
Dennis Walder
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "This book offers an original and informed critique of a widespread yet often misunderstood condition -- nostalgia, a pervasive human emotion connecting people across national and historical as well as personal boundaries. Often seen as merely escapist, nostalgia also offers solace and self-understanding for those displaced by the larger movements of our time. Walder analyses the writings of some of those entangled in the aftermath of empire, tracing the hidden connections underlying their yearnings for a common identity and a homeland, and their struggles to recover their histories. Through a series of comparative reflections upon the representation in literary and related cultural forms of memory, he shows how admitting the past into the present through nostalgia enables former colonial or diasporic subjects to gain a deeper understanding of the networks of power within which they are caught in the modern world and beyond which it may yet be possible to move. Considering authors as varied as V.S Naipaul, J.G. Ballard, Doris Lessing, W.G. Sebald, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as well as versions of 'Bushman' song, Walder pursues the often wayward, ambiguous paths of nostalgia as it has been represented beyond, but also within, Europe, so as to identify some of those processes of communal and individual experience that constitute the present and, by implication, the future."--Provided by publisher
  • "This book offers an original and informed critique of a widespread yet often misunderstood condition -- nostalgia, a pervasive human emotion connecting people across national and historical as well as personal boundaries. Often seen as merely escapist, nostalgia also offers solace and self-understanding for those displaced by the larger movements of our time. Walder analyses the writings of some of those entangled in the aftermath of empire, tracing the hidden connections underlying their yearnings for a common identity and a homeland, and their struggles to recover their histories. Through a series of comparative reflections upon the representation in literary and related cultural forms of memory, he shows how admitting the past into the present through nostalgia enables former colonial or diasporic subjects to gain a deeper understanding of the networks of power within which they are caught in the modern world and beyond which it may yet be possible to move. Considering authors as varied as V.S Naipaul, J.G. Ballard, Doris Lessing, W.G. Sebald, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as well as versions of 'Bushman' song, Walder pursues the often wayward, ambiguous paths of nostalgia as it has been represented beyond, but also within, Europe, so as to identify some of those processes of communal and individual experience that constitute the present and, by implication, the future.</P>"--Provided by publisher
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Walder, Dennis
Dewey number
823/.91409353
Index
index present
LC call number
PR9084
LC item number
.W35 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Routledge research in postcolonial literatures
Series volume
31
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Commonwealth fiction (English)
  • English fiction
  • Nostalgia in literature
  • Postcolonialism in literature
Label
Postcolonial nostalgias : writing, representation and memory, Dennis Walder
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the persistence of nostalgia -- 'How is it going, Mr. Naipaul?' : remembering postcolonial identities -- 'The broken string' : remembering the homeland -- 'Alone in a landscape' : remembering Doris Lessing's Africa -- Recalling the hidden ends of empire : W.G. Sebald -- Remembering 'bitter histories' : from Achebe to Adichie -- Nostalgia for the present : J.G. Ballard's Empire of the sun -- Endnote
Control code
212849297
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 204 pages
Isbn
9780415445337
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2010017580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)212849297
Label
Postcolonial nostalgias : writing, representation and memory, Dennis Walder
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the persistence of nostalgia -- 'How is it going, Mr. Naipaul?' : remembering postcolonial identities -- 'The broken string' : remembering the homeland -- 'Alone in a landscape' : remembering Doris Lessing's Africa -- Recalling the hidden ends of empire : W.G. Sebald -- Remembering 'bitter histories' : from Achebe to Adichie -- Nostalgia for the present : J.G. Ballard's Empire of the sun -- Endnote
Control code
212849297
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 204 pages
Isbn
9780415445337
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2010017580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)212849297

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