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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

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Edited By Malgorzata Martynuska and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko

This book analyses the applicability of postcolonial theories and contemporary issues, and also revisits previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. The contributions examine contemporary social, economic and cultural processes. The authors look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies or former colonisers. They furthermore refer to the fact that theories of postcolonialism are currently more frequently applied to study countries originally not classified as colonial. They attempt to define and explain the experiences of the native peoples of colonial territories in various historical situations of dependence.

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Square Pegs into Round Holes: The Contemporary (Mis)Use of Postcolonial Theory in Poland and an Alternative (Gregory Allen)

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Gregory Allen

Square Pegs into Round Holes: The Contemporary (Mis)Use of Postcolonial Theory in Poland and an Alternative

Abstract: With the spread of postcolonial theory beyond its geographic origins, this paper explores the contemporary use of the theory as a framework for Western interactions with Central and Eastern Europe. It is argued that while it provides a valid critical perspective, postcolonial theory is being stretched beyond its limits and a new approach is needed.

Key words: colonialism, imperialism, neoliberal hegemony, post-socialist transition, socio-economic transformation.

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