Textual Traffic: Colonialism, Modernity, and the Economy of the Text

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SUNY Press - Literary Criticism - 243 pages
In Textual Traffic, S. Shankar clarifies notions of modernity and postmodernity by lucidly examining their relationship to colonialism. In the process, he challenges current emphases in cultural criticism through an exploration of what it means to regard the text as an economy and carries out a detailed scrutiny of travel narratives as a genre.

Paying particular attention to representations of Africa and India, Shankar tracks the historical contours of a colonial modernity in a wide variety of travel narratives African-American and postcolonial, canonical and filmic drawn from different periods of the twentieth century. Included are explorations of Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness, Zora Neale Hurston s Mules and Men, Richard Wright s Black Power, V. S. Naipaul s India trilogy, and Stephen Spielberg s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
 

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Contents

Textual Economics the Modern
3
Chapter Two Travel Narratives and Gullivers Travels
49
Chapter Three Into Darkness and Out of It
77
Chapter Four Wright and Wrong in a Land of Pathos
119
Chapter Five V S Naipaul Modernity and Postcolonial
149
Notes
187
Bibliography
201
Index
217
SUNY series Explorations in Postcolonial Studies
225
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S. Shankar is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of the acclaimed novel, A Map of Where I Live.

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