Brydon, Forsgren, and Fur’s Concurrent Imaginaries, Postcolonial Worlds demonstrates the value of reading for concurrences in situating discussions of archives, voices, and history in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Starting with the premise that our pluriversal world is constructed from concurrent imaginaries yet the role of concurrences has seldom been examined, the collection brings together case studies that confirm the productivity of reading, looking, and listening for concurrences across established boundaries of disciplinary or geopolitical engagement. Contributors working in art history, sociology, literary, and historical studies bring examples of Nordic colonialism together with analyses of colonial practices worldwide. The collection invites uptake of the study of concurrences within the humanities and in interdisciplinary fields such as postcolonial, cultural, and globalization studies.
Diana Brydon FRSC (PhD ANU 1977), Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies, teaches in the Department of English at the University of Manitoba. She has published books and articles in Canadian and postcolonial literary and cultural studies.
Peter Forsgren (PhD 1992), Professor in Swedish and Comparative Literature, teaches in the Department of Film and Literature at the Linnaeus University, Sweden. He has published books and articles in Swedish 20th century prose.
Gunlög Fur (PhD University of Oklahoma 1993), Professor of History and Dean of Arts and Humanities at Linnaeus University. Her research and publications focus on colonial cultural encounters, indigenous histories, gender, and entangled histories of Scandinavian immigrants and American Indians.
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Section One: Introduction to Concurrences in Theory and Practice
What Reading for Concurrences Offers Postcolonial Studies - DIANA BRYDON, PETER FORSGREN, AND GUNLÖG FUR
Concurrences as a Methodology for Discerning Concurrent Histories - GUNLÖG FUR
Travel Writing and the Representation of Concurrent Worlds: Caryl Phillips’s The Atlantic Sound and Noo Saro–Wiwa’s Looking for Transwonderland - NICKLAS HÅLLÉN
Section Two: In and Out of the Archives
“Unhallowed Mysteries” in the Colonial Archive: Competing Epistemologies in North America - GESA MACKENTHUN
Concurrent Domesticities in Letters from the Colonial Fringe - MARGARETA PETERSSON
The ‘Lapland Giantess’ in Britain: Reading Concurrences in a Victorian Ethnographic Exhibition - LINDA ANDERSSON BURNETT
Oral Tradition and the Postcolonial Challenge: The Historiographical Autonomy of Non-Literate Societies - HANS HÄGERDAL
Entangled Encounters, Land-Taking, and the Oral Archive: Notes from the Field - KAREN V. HANSEN
Constructing Otherness in Swedish District Courts: Concurrent Distance-Making Performances During Courtroom Interaction - TORUN ELSRUD
Section Three: Reading for Concurrences
An African Woman Coming to Voice Through a Multimodal Artwork - MARGARETA WALLIN WICTORIN
Asymmetrical Voices: A Concurrent Reading of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s The Book of Not and Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight - ANNA GREEK
“A voice speaking for me a riddle”: Postcolonial Voice and Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat - MARIA OLAUSSEN
From Colonial Oppression to Social Utopia: Decolonization of ‘Norrland’ and Its Limits in the Swedish Historical Novel Den stora vreden (The Great Wrath) - PETER FORSGREN
Can the Subaltern Speak Under Duress? Voice, Agency, and Corporal Discipline in Zero Dark Thirty - JOHAN HÖGLUND
Notes on the Contributors
This collection will appeal to students, teachers and scholars interested in colonial and postcolonial studies; Nordic colonialism, archival research, and analyses of voice and place in literary and historical studies.