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Glorious Outlaws: Debt as a Tool in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction


Izabela Morska

This book addresses debt in postcolonial fiction: financial, social, historical, and cultural. The author examines how literary characters including servants, fallen women, and cultural outsiders pay or refuse to pay the debts imposed upon them, and the consequences of debts paid and unpaid. Working at the intersection of critical race theory, queer theory, feminist theory, and postcolonial studies, the book includes an overturning of the well-established argument about Conrad and race, an examination of the connection between debt and class both historical and contemporary, and direct comparisons between debt in fiction and current issues of debt in the economy world-wide.
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Chapter 4 The Pedagogy of Rape: Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee and Zanele Muholi


“When Nelson Mandela took over as South Africa’s first Black president, he was canonized as a living saint, not just because he was a freedom fighter who spent twenty-seven years in prison but also because he deferred completely to the Washington Consensus. Socialism disappeared completely from the ANC’s agenda. South Africa’s great ‘peaceful transition,’ so praised and lauded, meant no land reforms, no demands for reparation, no nationalization of South Africa’s mines.”

Arundhati Roy, Capitalism: A Ghost Story

“Scorn for scorn, contempt for contempt, hate for hate. I am not of your race. Between your people and me there is also a barrier that nothing can remove.”

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