This book examines anti-imperialist thought in European philosophy. It features an international group of both emerging and established scholars who directly respond to Timothy Brennan’s far-reaching call to rethink intellectual histories, literary histories, and the reading habits of postcolonialism, in relation to the anti-imperialist tradition of critique. Each contributor rethinks postcolonial and world literature, Continental thought, and intellectual history in relation to anti-imperialist histories and traditions of critique, through geographically diverse analysis.

This book provides a forum for the next generation of scholars to draw on and engage with the marginal yet influential work of the first generation of dissidents within postcolonial studies. It will appeal to researchers and students in the field of postcolonial studies, world literature, geography, and Continental thought.

chapter |9 pages


ByAsher Ghaffar

part I|82 pages

Intellectual history

chapter 1|16 pages

World literature, the Geist, and the East, 1907–1942

ByAuritro Majumder

chapter 2|19 pages

“Le mot du poète, le mot primitif”

Aimé Césaire and Vico’s civic humanism
ByEric Brandom

chapter 3|20 pages

Rabindranath Tagore’s postcolonialism

A vision of decolonization and a modernist idealism
ByHimani Bannerji

chapter 4|25 pages

Voyages of the self

Muslims as anticolonial subjects in Muhammad Iqbal’s philosophy of history
ByAsher Ghaffar

part II|59 pages

Literary history

chapter 5|18 pages

Lu Xun’s indigenous modernity

Philology and resistance in Old Tales Retold
ByDaniel Dooghan

chapter 6|17 pages

Circuits of influence

Brodsky’s Platonov and the ontology of alienation
ByDjordje Popović

chapter 7|22 pages

Aesthetic re-imaginings of Mexican sovereignty

Estridentismo’s anti-imperialist avant-garde
ByChristian Gerzso

part III|68 pages

Poetic history

chapter 8|12 pages

Vichian language and the Irish Troubles

Brian Friel’s Translations
BySreya Chatterjee

chapter 9|16 pages

The heavens look down upon us

José Enrique Rodó and the spirit of América
ByMarco Katz Montiel

chapter 11|16 pages

Übermenschen and Untermenschen

Global Nietzsche and postcolonial fiction
ByBenjamin Noys