Re-imagining postcolonial studies: A discussion of Neil Lazarus's the postcolonial unconscious

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Abstract

Neil Lazarus's The Postcolonial Unconscious proposes a new literary comparatism based on a sociology of representational types rather than on modernist literary form. In this highly successful counter-text, he blasts postcolonial theory for its unacknowledged reliance on tropes and terms very alien or indifferent to the actual corpus of non-western literature. Heralding a still vibrant peripheral modernism, Lazarus pores over an extraordinarily wide range of non-western novels and poems to map an actually existing Third World aesthetic, whose political dimensions re-orient our understanding of what the postcolonial actually is.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-107
Number of pages8
JournalRace and Class
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

Keywords

  • New literary comparatism
  • Peripheral modernism
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Representational schemas
  • Sociology of literature
  • Theoretical vernacular

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