About the Book
This book's contribution lies in its careful synthesis of concepts and concrete examples on issues of contemporary concern: terrorism, Orientalism, and Dalit Bahujan movements, and their reception in the popular media as well as in academic literature.
Drawing from the latest developments in South Asian literary studies, this book examines the use of postcolonial theory in understanding the structural transformations enabled by post-9/11 discourses of Orientalism and terrorism, the internal contradictions between South Asian approaches to postcolonial theory (Subaltern Studies) and its European adaptations, and the resistance produced by the indigenization of local literary traditions in the work of select South Asian literary figures. The three sub-sections-"discourses," "disjunctures," and "indigenisms"-provide the conceptual space necessary for a thematic guidance of the respective arguments presented in this book.
This book will be useful to scholars specializing in South Asian studies, Indian English Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Sociology, and Political Science.
Table of Contents
I: DISCOURSES: ORIENTALISM, TERRORISM, AND POPULAR CULTURE
Orientalism(s) After 9/11
Imagining the Terrorist: A Post-orientalist Inquiry
"Pulp Orientalism" : Representations of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Popular Fiction
II: DISJUNCTURES: HUMANISM AND INTERDISCIPLINARITY
After Orientalism:Difference and Disjuncture in Postcolonial Theory
Postcolonialism: Interdisciplinary or Interdiscursive?
III: INDIGENISM(S): COSMOPOLITANISM, RIGHTS, AND CULTURAL POLITICS
Cosmopolitanism Within: The Case of R.K. Narayan's Fictional Malgudi
(An)Other way of Being Human: Indigenous Alternatives to Postcolonial Humanism
Margins of India: Kancha Ilaiah's Postcolonial "Nationalogues"
About the Author
Pavan Kumar Malreddy is a Researcher at the Institute for English and American Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt. He has previously taught at Chemnitz University of Technology, York University, Toronto (2003-04), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (2009-10), and has worked with various research organizations (Canadian Council on Learning, Ottawa and Aboriginal Education Research Center, Saskatoon) as a commissioned writer and editor from 2007 to 2009. He has published numerous essays on race, postcolonialism, and indigenous politics in Canada in journals, such as Third World Quarterly, Intertexts, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and AlterNative, among others. His co-edited collection, Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour and Rights is due for publication in the spring of 2015. He is the co-editor of a special issue titled "Orientalism and Terrorism: Theory, Text, and Images after 9/11" published in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2012, vol. 48, issue 3) and of another special issue titled "Arun Joshi: Avant-Garde, Existentialism and the West" published in ZAA: Quarterly Journal of Language, Literature and Culture (2014). His current research work focuses on the discourses of terror, necropolitics, nationalism, and violence in India, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Nigeria. His doctoral dissertation on postcolonial theory has received the 2012 Faculty of Humanities award at Chemnitz University of Technology.