LitCrit(Eng)_post colonial perverse1

BEST LITERARY CRITICISM/LITERARY HISTORY IN ENGLISH
J. Neil C. Garcia

LANGUAGE English

ISBN 978-971-542-705-0

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The “names” of this work’s two volumes are the words of its title parsed into two—a heuristic apportioning of pieces that means very little, inasmuch as these words, as they conceptually operate in these texts, implicate and interpenetrate each other so thoroughly that they are practically synonymous.

Which is to say: what is postcolonial is necessarily perverse, since perversion is the frustration of teleology and its requisite purity, the undermining of the normative and the narrative, the transitivity that troubles the supposedly pristine, eternal, and abiding. These are precisely what postcolonialism must imply, being that it is, among other things, the historically situated labor of arriving at a critical awareness of colonialism’s fractured and translated (and therefore eminently appropriable) “nature.”