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Representation Matters: (Re)Articulating Collective Identities in a Postcolonial World

(Re)Articulating Collective Identities in a Postcolonial World.

Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Band 20

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In the twenty-first century, the terms "representation" and "identity" seem to have gone out of fashion. The essays collected here, however, seek to demonstrate the extent to which they continue to matter in the social, political and cultural struggles waged by marginalized communities across our postcolonial and globalizing world. The volume starts by offering contingent readings of prominent identity-related concepts - hybridity, insularity, the west, ubuntu, and orientalism - which ask how these concepts translate into practical, situated ways of grappling with the legacies of colonialism. It continues by exploring the relational articulation of collective identities and their histories (as shared rather than competing), and the way origin narratives and notions of indigeneity, in contexts as diverse as Namibia, Uruguay and Bolivia, function not as fixed roots, but as constructed representations that are manipulated according to the demands of the present. Finally, tradition, too, emerges as open to continuous strategic re-invention in contributions dealing with female agency in a Hindu ritual, peasant understandings of modernity in Zimbabwe, the resurgence of Chinese culture in Indonesia, and André Brink's rewriting of South African history.

Anette Hoffmann is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Amsterdam in 2005 with a dissertation on praise poetry in Namibia and is the editor and co-author of What We See. Reconsidering an Anthropometrical Collection from Southern Africa: Images, Voices, and Versioning (Basel Afrika Bibliographien, 2009). Esther Peeren is Assistant Professor in Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is the author of Intersubjectivities and Popular Culture: Bakhtin and Beyond (Stanford UP, 2008) and co-editor of The Shock of the Other: Situating Alterities (Thamyris/Intersecting No. 15, Rodopi, 2007) and Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (Continuum, 2010).


Einband Taschenbuch
Herausgeber Anette Hoffmann, Esther Peeren
Seitenzahl 279
Erscheinungsdatum August 2010
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-90-420-2845-6
Verlag Brill Academic Publishers
Maße (L/B/H) 22.9/15.2/1.6 cm
Gewicht 413 g

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  • Contents
    Anette Hoffmann and Esther Peeren: Introduction: Representation Matters
    Concepts of Postcolonial Identity: Contingent Articulations
    Sudeep Dasgupta: Alterity and Identities: The Paradoxes of Authenticity
    Marc Brudzinski: Insularity and Identity at Odds in Martinique: 1973 to 2004
    Nimrod Ben-Cnaan: The West between Culture(s) and Collective Identity: Notes for a Present Problematic
    Hanneke Stuit: Ubuntu, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and South African National Identity
    Gülru Çakmak: Resistance or Compliance? The Problem of Orientalism in Osman Hamdi’s Paintings
    Relational Histories
    Huub van Baar: Romani Identity Formation and the Globalization of Holocaust Discourse
    Niamh Ann Kelly: Similarity and Difference: The Appearance of Suffering at the Strokestown Famine Museum
    Rethinking Origins and Indigeneity
    Anette Hoffmann: Resignifying Genesis, Identity, and Landscape: Routes versus Roots
    Vannina Sztainbok: From Salsipuedes to Tabaré: Race, Space, and the Uruguayan Subject
    Claret Vargas: Bolivian Indigenous Identities: Reshaping the Terms of Political Debate, 1994-2004
    Reinventing Tradition
    Beatrix Hauser: Performative Constructions of Female Identity at a Hindu Ritual: Some Thoughts on the Agentive Dimension
    Guy Thompson: “We Are Like Fish That Were Reeled In”: Peasant Understandings of Modernity in Zimbabwe
    Sonja van Wichelen: Silence, Absence, Loss: Chineseness in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia
    Saskia Lourens: Moving Identities: Mythology and Metaphor in André Brink’s Praying Mantis
    The Contributors