Mukherjee, Upamanyu Pablo (2010) Theoretical attraction. American Book Review, Vol.32 (Nol.1). p. 7. ISSN 2153-4578Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/abr.2010.0056
Karl Marx's vision of the restlessness of historical capital—forever discovering new limits and simultaneously overcoming them—seems uncannily similar to that of academic disciplines in general and critical theories in particular. While in "Phase One" or the consolidating mode, a theoretical school or critical approach devotes a lot of energy to defining its own limits and borders, in "Phase Two" or the expansive mode, it is driven to dissolve those same borders and break new ground. This general observation seems to hold in the case of two of the most dynamic critical schools that have animated the field of literary and cultural studies over the past two decades—postcolonial and environmental critical theories. As is often the case, they have recently developed a tendency to expand by merging with one another and forming a new "subfield" of "green postcolonialism" or "postcolonial green" (with self-confessed postcolonialists and eco-critics choosing one or the other term according to their tribal preferences). Graham Huggan and Helen Tiffin's judicious and carefully argued new book provides at once a route map to this particular critical development, as well as pointers to the possible paths that could be taken in the future for the benefit of literary and cultural scholarship.
|Item Type:||Book Review|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > English and Comparative Literary Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Commonwealth fiction (English) -- History and criticism, Ecocriticism, Human ecology in literature, Animals in literature, Human-animal relationships in literature, Colonies in literature, Postcolonialism in literature|
|Journal or Publication Title:||American Book Review|
|Book Title:||Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Literature, Animals, Environment|
|Official Date:||November 2010|
|Page Range:||p. 7|
Review of: Huggan, G. and Tiffin, H. (2010). Postcolonial ecocriticism: literature, animals, environment. London: Routledge.
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