The Postcolonial World presents an overview of the field and extends critical debate in exciting new directions. It provides an important and timely reappraisal of postcolonialism as an aesthetic, political, and historical movement, and of postcolonial studies as a multidisciplinary, transcultural field. Essays map the terrain of the postcolonial as a global phenomenon at the intersection of several disciplinary inquiries. Framed by an introductory chapter and a concluding essay, the eight sections examine:

  • Affective, Postcolonial Histories
  • Postcolonial Desires
  • Religious Imaginings
  • Postcolonial Geographies and Spatial Practices
  • Human Rights and Postcolonial Conflicts
  • Postcolonial Cultures and Digital Humanities
  • Ecocritical Inquiries in Postcolonial Studies
  • Postcolonialism versus Neoliberalism

The Postcolonial World looks afresh at re-emerging conditions of postcoloniality in the twenty-first century and draws on a wide range of representational strategies, cultural practices, material forms, and affective affiliations. The volume is an essential reading for scholars and students of postcolonialism.

part I|62 pages

Affective, Postcolonial Histories

chapter 1|18 pages

On Postcolonial Happiness

chapter 2|15 pages

On not Closing the Loop

Empathy, ethics, and transcultural witnessing

chapter 3|18 pages

Affective Histories and Partition Narratives in Postcolonial South Asia

Qurratulain Hyder's Sita Betrayed

part II|72 pages

Postcolonial Desires

chapter 5|20 pages

Queers In-Between

Globalizing sexualities, local resistances

chapter 6|17 pages

Morality and Desire

The role of the “Westernized” woman in post-independence Pakistani cinema

chapter 8|17 pages

Fictive Identities on a Diasporic Ethnic Stage

A “modern girl” consumed in Dominican beauty pageants

part III|58 pages

Religious Imaginings

chapter 9|15 pages

“Postcolonial Remains”

Critical religion, postcolonial theory, and deconstructing the secular–religious binary 1

chapter 10|22 pages

Gods in A Democracy

State of nature, postcolonial politics, and Bengali Mangalkabyas

chapter 11|19 pages

Imagining the “Muslim” Woman

Religious movements and constructions of gender in the sub-continent

part IV|64 pages

Postcolonial Geographies and Spatial Practices

chapter 13|17 pages

Transcolonial Cartographies

Kateb Yacine and Mohamed Rouabhi stage Palestine in France-Algeria

chapter 14|14 pages

Virtual Encounters in Postcolonial Spaces

Nollywood movies about mobile telephony

chapter 15|15 pages

Curio Fever

Tsubouchi Shōyō, Lafcadio Hearn, and the cultural politics of “collecting Japan” in the Age of Empire

part V|54 pages

Human Rights and Postcolonial Conflicts

chapter 16|17 pages

Inhospitality, European style

The failures of human rights 1

chapter 17|17 pages

“Always on Top”?

The “Responsibility to Protect” and the persistence of colonialism

part VI|50 pages

Postcolonial Cultures and Digital Humanities

chapter 19|18 pages

Breaking and Building

The case of postcolonial digital humanities

chapter 21|14 pages

If Fanon Had Had Facebook

Postcolonial knowledge, rhizomes, and the gnosis of the digital

part VII|66 pages

Ecocritical Inquiries in Postcolonial Studies

chapter 22|17 pages

“Ill Fares the Land”

Ecology, capitalism, and literature in (post-) Celtic Tiger Ireland 1

chapter 23|13 pages

Toxic Bodies and Alien Agencies

Ecocritical perspectives on ecological others

chapter 24|14 pages

Rethinking Postcolonial Resistance in Niger-Delta Literature

An ecocritical reading of Okpewho's Tides and Ojaide's The Activist

chapter 25|20 pages

Relating to and through Land

An ecology of relations in Thomas Mofolo's Chaka

part VIII|90 pages

Postcolonialism Versus Neoliberalism

chapter 26|15 pages

Unlocking History

Postcolonial ethics and the critique of neoliberalism

chapter 27|18 pages

The Journey of the West African Migrant

Francophone cinematic representations in Frontières, Bamako, and La Pirogue

chapter 28|15 pages

Boutique Ethnicity

On African Ancestry and neoliberal economies of the self

chapter 29|17 pages

Neoliberal Colonialism?

A postcolonial reading of “land grabbing” in Africa

chapter |23 pages

Conclusion What is the Postcolonial World?

Assembling, networking, traveling