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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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Introduction

Introduction

Atlantic and Other Worlds: Postcolonial Historical Fiction

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Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction
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Greg Forter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830436.003.0007

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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