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Author Bahri, Deepika, 1962- author.

Title Postcolonial biology : psyche and flesh after empire / Deepika Bahri
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 199 pages)
Contents Prologue: Oh! Calcutta! -- Introduction: Plasticity, hybridity, and postcolonial biology -- "No escape from form": Saleem's spittoon, Padma's musculature, and neoliberal hybridity in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children -- Shibboleth: hybridity, diaspora, and passing in Hari Kunzru's The Impressionist -- Conan Doyle plays Sherlock: the unofficial Englishmen in Julian Barnes's Arthur & George -- Epilogue: The good life
Summary Although the body has been a vast subject for postcolonial studies, few theorists have attempted to go beyond the simple mixing of races in examining the impact of colonialism on the colonized body. However, as Deepika Bahri argues, it is essential to see the postcolonial body in a variety of forms: as capable of transformation not only in psyche and outward behavior but also in flesh and blood. European colonizers brought new ways of seeing the body in matters as basic as how to eat, speak, sit, shit, or spit. As nations decolonized, these imperialistic ideas remained, becoming part of the global economy of the body. In Postcolonial Biology, Bahri argues that the political challenges of the twenty-first century require that we deconstruct these imperial notions of the body, as they are fundamental to power structures governing todays globalized world. Postcolonial Biology investigates how minds and bodies have been shaped by colonial contact, to create deeply embedded hierarchies among the colonized. Moving beyond North/Souththinking, Bahri reframes the questions of postcolonial bodies to address all societies, whether developed or developing. Engaging in innovative, highly original readings of major thinkers such as Adorno, Horkenheimer, Derrida, and Fanon, this book brings an important new focus to the field of postcolonial studies-one that is essential to understanding the ideas and conflicts that currently dominate the global order
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 16, 2018)
Subject Kunzru, Hari, 1969- Impressionist
Rushdie, Salman. Midnight's children.
Barnes, Julian. Arthur & George
Midnight's children (Rushdie, Salman)
English fiction -- History and criticism
Cultural fusion in literature.
Commonwealth fiction (English) -- History and criticism
Postcolonialism in literature.
Biology in literature.
Race in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Biology in literature.
Commonwealth fiction (English)
Cultural fusion in literature.
English fiction.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Race in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017007221
ISBN 9781452954967