A quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and from the vantage point of a post-Cold War, globalised, world, there is a need to address the relative neglect of postcommunism in analysis of postcolonial and neo-colonial configurations of power and influence.
This book proposes new critical perspectives on several themes and concepts that have emerged within, or been propagated by, postcolonial studies. These themes include structures of exclusion/ inclusion; formations of nationalism, structures of othering, and representations of difference; forms and historical realisations of anti-colonial/anti-imperial struggle; the experience of trauma (involving issues of collective memory/amnesia and the re-writing of history); resistance as a complex of cultural practices; and concepts such as alterity, ambivalence, self-colonisation, dislocation, hegemonic discourse, minority, and subaltern cultures.
Taken together, this volume suggests that some of the methodological instruments of postcolonial criticism can be fruitfully applied to the study of postcommunist cultures and, conversely, that the experience of the Soviet brand of imperialist rule in the form of communism in East-Central Europe can function as an ideological moderator in Third-World oriented, Marxist-inspired, postcolonial discourses. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.
Table of Contents
Introduction: On colonialism, communism and east-central Europe – some reflections Dorota Kołodziejczyk and Cristina Şandru
1. Spectres haunting: Postcommunism and postcolonialism Neil Lazarus
2. Postsocialist ≠ postcolonial? On post-Soviet imaginary and global coloniality Madina Tlostanova
3. Local and global frames in recent eastern European literatures: Postcommunism, postmodernism, and postcoloniality Marcel Cornis-Pope
4. Postcolonialism, postsocialism and the anthropology of east-central Europe Hana Cervinkova
5. Belated alliances? Tracing the intersections between postcolonialism and postcommunism Vedrana Velickovic
6. Lewis Nkosi in Warsaw: Translating eastern European experiences for an African audience Monica Popescu
7. Andrukhovych’s Secret: The return of colonial resignation Marko Pavlyshyn
8. Counter-discourse and the postcolonial perspective: The Polish Complex by Tadeusz Konwicki Hanna Gosk
9. Meat Inga Iwasiów
Dorota Kołodziejczyk is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, Wrocław University, Poland. She is the co-founder, and a board member, of two research networks: the Research Center for Postcolonial and Post-Totalitarian Studies, and The Postdependence Studies Center. She has authored publications in the fields of postcolonial and postdependence studies, comparative literature, and theory of translation, as well as translating both literature and postcolonial theory into Polish.
Cristina Şandru is an independent researcher who has published extensively in the field of postcolonial and postcommunist studies. She is co-editor of Rerouting the Postcolonial: New Directions for the New Millenium (2009), and author of Worlds Apart? A Postcolonial Reading of post-1945 East-Central European Culture (2012).