Postcolonial Melancholia

Author: Paul Gilroy

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231134541

Category: Philosophy

Page: 170

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In Postcolonial Melancholia, Paul Gilroy continues the conversation he began in his landmark study of race and nation, 'There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack, ' by once again departing from conventional wisdom to examine-and defend-multiculturalism within the context of a post-9/11 "politics of security." Gilroy adapts the concept of melancholia from its Freudian origins and applies it to the social pathology of neoimperialist politics. His unorthodox analysis pinpoints melancholic reactions not only in the hostility and violence directed at blacks, immigrants, and aliens but also in an inability to value the ordinary, unruly multiculture that has evolved organically and unnoticed in urban centers. Drawing on seminal discussions of race by Frantz Fanon, W. E. B. DuBois, and George Orwell, Gilroy goes beyond the idea of mere tolerance and proposes that it is possible to celebrate multiculture and live with otherness without becoming anxious, fearful, or violent.

Diaspora, Law and Literature

Author: Klaus Stierstorfer,Daniela Carpi

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110489252

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 367

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Diaspora Studies have emerged to study the changing patterns of global migration and home making. This volume offers new perspectives on this highly relevant field of research by integrating both legal and literary aspects, questions and methodologies in the study of diasporas and migration.

Analogien der "Vergangenheitsbewältigung"

Antiisraelische Projektionen in Leserkommentaren der Zeit und des Guardian

Author: Matthias J. Becker

Publisher: Nomos Verlag

ISBN: 3845291583

Category: Social Science

Page: 463

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Dieser Band beschäftigt sich mit der Frage, wie israelbezogener Antisemitismus im Online-Kommentarbereich von Qualitätsmedien sprachlich vermittelt wird. Hierfür wurde eine korpuslinguistische Analyse von mehr als 6.000 Leserkommentaren auf den Webseiten der linksliberalen Zeitungen "Die Zeit" und "The Guardian" vorgenommen. Der Fokus lag auf der sprachlichen Beschaffenheit jener Äußerungen, mit welchen Israel einerseits mit NS-Deutschland, andererseits mit Großbritannien während der Ära des Kolonialismus verglichen wird, und welche kommunikativen Funktionen diese Vergleiche innerhalb beider Diskurse potenziell erfüllen. Aus der Neubewertung historischer Szenarien, die eine Identifikation mit der nationalen Wir-Gruppe erschweren, kann kollektive Entlastung folgen. Diese Phänomene sind vor dem Hintergrund erkennbarer Renationalisierungstendenzen (nicht nur) in Großbritannien und Deutschland einzuordnen, die auch vor den hier untersuchten milieuspezifischen Diskursen nicht Halt zu machen scheinen.

The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South

Author: Barbara Ladd

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199767475

Category: American literature

Page: 584

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The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South brings together contemporary views of the literature of the region in a series of chapters employing critical tools not traditionally used in approaching Southern literature. It assumes ideas of the South--global, multicultural, plural: more Souths than South--that would not have been embraced two or three decades ago, and it similarly expands the idea of literature itself. Representative of the current range of activity in the field of Southern literary studies, it challenges earlier views of antebellum Southern literature, as well as, in its discussions of twentieth-century writing, questions the assumption that the Southern Renaissance of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s was the supreme epoch of Southern expression, that writing to which all that had come before had led and by which all that came afterward was judged. As well as canonical Southern writers, it examines Native American literature, Latina/o literature, Asian American as well as African American literatures, Caribbean studies, sexuality studies, the relationship of literature to film, and a number of other topics which are relatively new to the field.

On Suicide Bombing

Author: Talal Asad

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511973

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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Like many people in America and around the world, Talal Asad experienced the events of September 11, 2001, largely through the media and the emotional response of others. For many non-Muslims, "the suicide bomber" quickly became the icon of "an Islamic culture of death" a conceptual leap that struck Asad as problematic. Is there a "religiously-motivated terrorism?" If so, how does it differ from other cruelties? What makes its motivation "religious"? Where does it stand in relation to other forms of collective violence? Drawing on his extensive scholarship in the study of secular and religious traditions as well as his understanding of social, political, and anthropological theory and research, Asad questions Western assumptions regarding death and killing. He scrutinizes the idea of a "clash of civilizations," the claim that "Islamic jihadism" is the essence of modern terror, and the arguments put forward by liberals to justify war in our time. He critically engages with a range of explanations of suicide terrorism, exploring many writers' preoccupation with the motives of perpetrators. In conclusion, Asad examines our emotional response to suicide (including suicide terrorism) and the horror it invokes. On Suicide Bombing is an original and provocative analysis critiquing the work of intellectuals from both the left and the right. Though fighting evil is an old concept, it has found new and disturbing expressions in our contemporary "war on terror." For Asad, it is critical that we remain aware of the forces shaping the discourse surrounding this mode of violence, and by questioning our assumptions about morally good and morally evil ways of killing, he illuminates the fragile contradictions that are a part of our modern subjectivity.