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Postcolonial Literature and the Biblical Call for Justice [Paperback]

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Pages   258
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 26, 2007
Publisher   University Press of Mississippi
ISBN  1604730161  
EAN  9781604730166  

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Colonizers imposed Christianity and biblical codes upon their conquered subjects. In the waning of imperialism the newly emerging peoples employed these same biblical codes as their cries for freedom and justice as they drove out their former masters.

This collection of twelve essays exposes this tool of oppression as a tool of justice in works from Latin American, Native American, African, and Middle Eastern authors. Drawing on a variety of theological perspectives, including liberation theology, feminist theology, and the Reformed tradition, the contributors examine works by a number of international authors. Represented are works by Ernesto Cardenal (Nicaragua), Gabrial Garcia Marquez (Columbia), Isabel Allende (Chile), Julio Cartazar (Argentina), Nicholas Black Elk and Charles Eastman (United States), Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Kenya), Andre Brink (South Africa), and Edward Said (Palestine), and others.

These writers from postcolonial lands express readings of individual biblical texts as well as theoretical discussion of such issues as the challenge biblical justice makes to poststructualism, the tensions in synthesizing Christianity and indigenous cultures, and the ethical dilemmas faced by writers opposing unjustice.

This collection serves as a celebration of the diversity of postcolonial literature.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Susan Vanzanten Gallagher is Professor of English and Director of University Scholars at Seattle Pacific University. She writes and teaches on African literature, 19th-century American literature, and the relationship of faith and learning.

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The value of postcolonial literature  Jul 10, 2001
This book provides an academic study of postcolonial literature, interested not only in familiar authors and works, but more generally in defining approaches and strategies to engage all texts written in or about countries previously under colonial rule. In her introductory discussion, Susan VanZanten Gallagher, the editor, differentiates among postcolonialism, postmodernism, and poststructuralism. Literally referring to fiction, poetry, and other genres written after the departure of colonial powers--especially in Africa, Asia, and South America, postcolonial literature opens debates regarding positive and negative influences upon indigenous cultures. Gallagher acknowledges the nostaligia involved in attempting to restore cultures to their identity and practices before being ruled by colonial powers. On the other hand, she sees a mandate in the "biblical call for justice" to evaluate the economic, political, and personal effects colonial powers have had upon contemporary culture. In extreme cases, original cultures were actually obliterated, or driven to the extreme margins. More typically, postcolonial literature exposes and critiques the "two-tiered" societies which resulted as settler societies took over power positions, reducing original cultures to a laboring class. These power structures persisted into the infrastures of finance, government, education, industry, and public service. Another reading of postcolonial literature acknowledges cultural and psychological domination. Literary works often reveal damanging effects upon personal identity and autonomy, or mass effects upon current societies. Characters struggle to find who they were, are, and can be. Following a thirty-page informed discussion of postcolonial theory as it is located in its literary, political, and theological contexts, this text then presents twelve essays which blend theory with discussions of particular authors and works, including Chinua Achebe, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Andre Brink, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and Nicholas Black Elk. The only limitation of the volume is whether it discusses the particular authors and literary works with which the reader is familiar.

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