Thursday 30 May 2019

In the postcolonial reassessment of history, the themes of colonialism, decolonisation and individual and collective memory have always been intertwined, but only recently has the transcultural turn in memory studies enabled proper dialogue between memory studies and postcolonial studies.

Memory and Postcolonial Studies 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, and 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.

Contributors: Monika Albrecht; Heike Bartel; Victoria Carpenter; Rosemary Chapman; Christopher Davis; Richard Tsogang Fossi; Dirk Gottsche; Alex Hastie; Anneliese Hatton; Spencer Jordan; Benedikts Kalnačs; Stephanie Lewthwaite; Hannah-Rose Murray; Yannis G. S. Papadopoulos; Emanuelle Santos; Berny Sebe; Fang Tang; Alun Thomas; Rebekah Vince; Abigail Ward; Antonia Wimbush; Vladimir Zorić.

Memory and Postcolonial Studies. Synergies and New Directions, edited by Dirk Göttsche (ISBN  9781788744782) is published by Peter Lang.

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