The Future of Postcolonial Studies celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of The Empire Writes Back by the now famous troika - Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin. When The Empire Writes Back first appeared in 1989, it put postcolonial cultures and their post-invasion narratives on the map. This vibrant collection of fifteen chapters by both established and emerging scholars taps into this early mapping while merging these concerns with present trends which have been grouped as: comparing, converting, greening, post-queering and utopia.
The postcolonial is a centrifugal force that continues to energize globalization, transnational, diaspora, area and queer studies. Spanning the colonial period from the 1860s to the present, The Future of Postcolonial Studies ventures into other postcolonies outside of the Anglophone purview. In reassessing the nation-state, language, race, religion, sexuality, the environment, and the very idea of 'the future,' this volume reasserts the notion that postcolonial is an "anticipatory discourse" and bears testimony to the driving energy and thus the future of postcolonial studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Future of Postcolonial Studies Chantal Zabus Part I: Comparing 1. Postcolonial Studies in French-speaking Areas: France, Francophonie, and the World Jean-Marc Moura 2. ‘We’ve Done Our Bit, Too!’: Crossover Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, and the Reception of Postcolonial Writing in Italy Silvia Albertazzi 3. Future Linguistic Approaches to African Literature Vicki Briault-Manus Part II: Converting 4. Conversion, Identity and Resistance in Colonial and Postcolonial Space: The Writings of Tiyo Soga 1829-1871 Gareth Griffiths 5. Island Hinduism: Religion and Modernity in Francophone Indian Ocean Literature Srilata Ravi 6. Fundamentalism and Postcoloniality: Beyond ‘Westoxification’? Klaus Stierstorfer Part III: Greening 7. Greening in Contemporary Arabic Literature: The Transformation of Mythic Motifs in Postcolonial Discourse Ferial J. Ghazoul 8. Notes on the Postcolonial Arctic Graham Huggan 9. Animals, Environment and Post-Colonial Futures Helen Tiffin Part IV: Queering 10. Postcolonially Queer: Sexual Dissidence as Cultural Struggle in Emergent Democracies in Africa William J. Spurlin 11. Writing Queer in South Africa: Poetry versus Identity – A Creative Response Joan Hambidge 12. The Queer Writes Back: Australia David Coad Part V: Utopia 13. The Transgendered Nation: Intersexions between the Transnation and the Transsexual Subject Chantal Zabus 14. Imperial Diversity: War, Post-humanism, and the Futures of Postcolonial Studies Mike Hill 15. Future Thinking: Postcolonial Utopianism Bill Ashcroft
Chantal Zabus is Professor of Postcolonial Literatures and Gender Studies at the University Paris 13 Sorbonne-Paris-Cité, France. She is the author of Out in Africa (2013); Between Rites and Rights (2007); The African Palimpsest (2007); and Tempests after Shakespeare (2002). She is the Editor-in-Chief of Postcolonial Text.