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Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical FictionAtlantic and Other Worlds$
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Greg Forter

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198830436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198830436.001.0001

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Atlantic and Other Worlds: Postcolonial Historical Fiction

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Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction

Greg Forter

Oxford University Press

The Introduction lays the theoretical groundwork and historical frame for the main chapters. It engages debates on materialist vs. poststructuralist approaches to postcolonial studies; on the utopian imagination; on expanding the black Atlantic frame of reference to include the Indian Ocean; on the Anglophone biases of postcolonial studies and how these implicate the discipline in contemporary capitalism; on the genesis of the historical novel in the nineteenth century; and on the cycles of finance capital to which the postcolonial inflection of historical fiction is a response. Theorists discussed include Giovanni Arrighi, Ian Baucom, Walter Benjamin, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Frederic Jameson, and Georg Lukács.

Keywords:   historical novel, utopian studies, black Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Frederic Jameson, Georg Lukács, Ian Baucom, Walter Benjamin, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Giovanni Arrighi

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