Past the Last Post: Theorising Post-colonialism and Post-modernism
Prentice Hall / Harvester Wheatsheaf
This book is an examination of two major literary movements which are often misleadingly conflated. The post-colonial differs from the post-modern in its provenance in former British colonies and dominions, in its historical reach extending from the time of Imperial dominance down to the contemporary, in its critical commitment to context, and in its development of an independent body of theory. The post-modern, in contrast, emerges from contemporary European and American artistic practice, is a relatively recent phenomenon making its first appearance in the 1960s, marginalizes or rejects historical and political context, and is theoretically allied with Euro-American post-structuralism. Authors from the post-colonial cultures of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, the Caribbean and Canada examine post-colonial theory and practices in relation to those of post-modernism, exploring texts by such figures as Jerzy Kozinsky, Peter Carey, Salman Rushdie, Merle Hodge, Nelson Mandela and Angela Carter, and such textual and theoretical issues as post-colonialism's anthropological, cartological and feminist connections and relations to post-Saussurean thought.