Leela Gandhi born is John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English at Brown University and a noted academic in the field of postcolonial theory. She is a founding co-editor of the academic journal Postcolonial Studies , and she serves on the editorial board of the electronic journal Postcolonial Text. Leela was born in Mumbai and is the daughter of the late Indian philosopher Ramchandra Gandhi and the great-granddaughter of the Indian Independence movement leader Mahatma Gandhi. She is also the great-granddaughter of C. Her paternal grandfather Devdas Gandhi was the youngest son of Mahatma Gandhi and her paternal grandmother Lakshmi was the daughter of C.
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Postcolonial Theory : A critical introduction. Leela Gandhi. Postcolonial Theory is a ground-breaking critical introduction to the burgeoning field of postcolonial studies. Leela Gandhi is the first to clearly map out this field in terms of its wider philosophical and intellectual context, drawing important connections between postcolonial theory and poststructuralism, postmodernism, marxism and feminism. She assesses the contribution of major theorists such as Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha, and also points to postcolonialism's relationship to earlier thinkers such as Frantz Fanon and Mahatma Gandhi.
The book is distinctive in its concern for the specific historical, material and cultural contexts for postcolonial theory, and in its attempt to sketch out the ethical possibilities for postcolonial theory as a model for living with and 'knowing' cultural differences non-violently.
Postcolonial Theory is a useful starting point for readers new to the field and a provocative account which opens possibilities for debate. Postcolonialism and the new humanities. Edward Said and his critics. Postcolonialism and feminism. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.
One has to convey in a language that is not one's own the spirit that is one's own. One has to convey the various shades and omissions of a certain thought-movement that looks maltreated in an alien language. I use the word "alien," yet English is not really an alien language to us. The intrinsic superiority of the Western literature is, indeed, fully admitted by those members of the Committee who support the Oriental plan of education. By keeping aloof from what is called 'the practical view of things;' by resolutely following the law of its own nature, which is to be a free play of the mind on all subjects which it touches.
Philosophic thought teaches us, on the contrary, that it is its guarantee. National consciousness, which is not nationalism, is the only thing that will give us an international dimension. She researches the cultural history of the Indo-British colonial encounter, and has published extensively in this area. She is joint editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies.
Lagji on Gandhi, 'Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction: Second Edition'
Leela Gandhi. New York: Columbia University Press, If the updates to the text consist of a second preface and a new epilogue that bookend the text, to what extent do the original chapters still capture the landscape of the field? The chapter begins with the tensions between poststructuralism and postmodernism and Marxism. Here again, an update that takes stock of the contemporary conversation in postcolonial theory would be useful. The new epilogue is a departure in form from the rest of the book. For readers looking for a concise and specific account of the developments in postcolonial theory since , the epilogue demurs to deliver.
Research in African Literatures New York: Columbia UP, ISBN paper. The lengthy recitation of the historical origins of humanism in the early sections seems unwarranted and redundant, given that most readers will come to the book equipped with at least a basic awareness and knowledge of the fundamental issues at stake. But beyond this shortcoming, Leela Gandhi provides helpful definitions of key terms along with a genealogy of postcolonial theory, mapping its trajectory across disciplinary boundaries, and carefully, methodically outlining the terrain traversed in achieving its position alongside some of the most influential theoretical apparatuses of the late twentieth century—poststructuralism, postmodernism, feminism, and Marxism. While Gandhi remains faithful to the book's stated objective of providing a critical introduction to postcolonial theory, the book is considerably more rewarding and challenging than its stated structural parameters may initially imply. Gandhi's critique allows for the exploration of important issues and questions relating to nationalism, pedagogy, and cultural studies.
Add to Cart. Gandhi examined the contributions of major thinkers such as Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, Homi Bhabha, and the subaltern historians. Gandhi and explained pertinent concepts and schools of thought—hybridity, Orientalism, humanism, Marxist dialectics, diaspora, nationalism, gendered subalternity, globalization, and postcolonial feminism. The revised edition of this classic work reaffirms its status as a useful starting point for readers new to the field and as a provocative account that opens up possibilities for debate.