Although postcolonialism has emerged as one of the most significant theoretical movements in literary and cultural studies, it has paid scant attention to the importance of trade and trade relations to debates about culture. Focusing on the past two centuries, this volume investigates the links among trade, colonialism, and forms of representation, posing the question, 'What is the historical or modern relationship between economic inequality and imperial patterns of representation and reading?' Rather than dealing exclusively with a particular industry or type of industry, the contributors take up the issue of how various economies have been represented in Aboriginal art; in literature by North American, Caribbean, Portuguese, South African, First Nations, Australian, British, and Aboriginal authors; and in a diverse range of writings that includes travel diaries, missionary texts, the findings of the Leprosy Investigation Commission, early medical accounts and media representations of HIV/AIDS. Examining trade in commodities as various as illicit drugs, liquor, bananas, tourism, adventure fiction, and modern Aboriginal art, as well as cultural exchanges in politics, medicine, and literature, the essays reflect the widespread origins of the contributors themselves, who are based throughout the English-speaking world. Taken as a whole, this book contests the commonplace view promoted by some modern economists-that trade in and of itself has a leveling effect, equalising cultures, places, and peoples-demonstrating instead the ways in which commerce has created and exacerbated differences in power.

part I|104 pages

Colonialism and Commerce

chapter 1|14 pages

Meditation on Yellow: Trade and Indigeneity in the Caribbean 1

ByPeter Hulme

chapter 2|13 pages

Sites of Purchase: Slavery, Missions and Tourism on Two Tanzanian Sites

ByGareth Griffiths

chapter 3|9 pages

The Bible Trade: Commerce and Christianity in the Pacific

ByAnna Johnston

chapter 6|9 pages

Junk International: The Symbolic Drug Trade

ByBrian Musgrove

part II|104 pages

Reading Exchange

chapter 9|16 pages

Text as Trading Place: Jamaica Kincaid’s My Brother

ByRoss Chambers

chapter 10|11 pages

Raw Deals: Kngwarreye and contemporary art criticism

ByCatherine Howell

chapter 11|7 pages

Sweet Beauty: West Indian Travel Narratives

ByClaudia Brandenstein

chapter 13|12 pages

Fair Trade: Marketing ‘The Mohawk Princess’

ByAnne Collett

chapter 14|13 pages

How Queer Native Narratives Interrogate Colonialist Discourses

ByWendy Pearson

chapter 15|9 pages

New Life Stories in the New South Africa

ByJudith Lütge Coullie

chapter 16|16 pages

Postcolonial Pedagogy and International Economics

ByLeigh Dale