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Memory and Postcolonial Studies

Synergies and New Directions

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Edited By Dirk Göttsche

In the postcolonial reassessment of history, the themes of colonialism, decolonisation and individual and collective memory have always been intertwined, but it is only recently that the transcultural turn in memory studies has enabled proper dialogue between memory studies and postcolonial studies. This volume explores the synergies and tensions between memory studies and postcolonial studies across literatures and media from Europe, Africa and the Americas, and intersections with Asia. It makes a unique contribution to this growing international and interdisciplinary field by considering an unprecedented range of languages and sources that promotes dialogue across comparative literature, English and American studies, media studies, history and art history, and modern languages (French, German, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian-Croatian, Spanish).

Combining theoretical discussion with innovative case studies, the chapters consider various postcolonial politics of memory (with a focus on Africa); diasporic, traumatic and «multidirectional memory» (M. Rothberg) in postcolonial perspective; performative and linguistic aspects of postcolonial memory; and transcultural memoryscapes ranging from the Black Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, from overseas colonialism to the intra-European legacies of Habsburg, Ottoman and Russian/Soviet imperialism. This far-reaching enquiry promotes comparative postcolonial studies as a means of creating more integrated frames of reference for research and teaching on the interface between memory and postcolonialism.

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Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:

Names: Göttsche, Dirk, 1955- author.

Title: Memory and postcolonial studies : synergies and new directions / Dirk Göttsche.

Description: 1 Edition. | New York : Peter Lang, [2018] | Series: Cultural memories ; 9 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018020644 | ISBN 9781788744782 (alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: Postcolonialism. | Decolonization. | Collective memory. | Memory.

Classification: LCC JV51 .G67 2018 | DDC 325/.3--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018020644

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