The Afterword recapitulates the book’s main ideas and discusses some of the paths not taken, especially theoretically. It reiterates the value of postcolonial historical fiction’s effort to anatomize the colonial past and retrieve from that past the residue of utopian futurity. The chapter grants the fruitfulness of a recent turn toward sociological models in postcolonial studies—especially those derived from Pierre Bourdieu—while reaffirming the book’s commitment to a dialectic of critique and utopian recovery. It argues, finally, that the trenchant critiques of colonialism in postcolonial historical fiction make the genre’s utopian visions rigorous, hard-earned—and hence worthy of continued investment.
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