Postcolonial Past & Present

Negotiating Literary and Cultural Geographies


Editors: Anne Collett and Leigh Dale
In Postcolonial Past & Present twelve outstanding scholars of literature, history and visual arts look to those spaces Epeli Hau’ofa has insisted are full not empty, asking what it might mean to Indigenise culture. A new cultural politics demands new forms of making and interpretation that rethink and reroute existing cultural categories and geographies. These ‘makers’ include Mukunda Das, Janet Frame, Xavier Herbert, Tomson Highway, Claude McKay, Marie Munkara, Elsje van Keppel, Albert Wendt, Jane Whiteley and Alexis Wright. Case studies from Canada to the Caribbean, India to the Pacific, and Africa, analyse the productive ways that artists and intellectuals have made sense of turbulent local and global forces.

Contributors: Bill Ashcroft, Debnarayan Bandyopadhyay, Anne Brewster, Diana Brydon, Meeta Chatterjee—Padmanabhan, Anne Collett, Dorothy Jones, Kay Lawrence, Russell McDougall, Tekura Moeka’a, Tony Simões da Silva, Teresia Teaiwa, Albert Wendt, Lydia Wevers, Diana Wood Conroy

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Biographical Note
Anne Collett is an Associate Professor of English Literatures at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is former editor of Kunapipi: journal of postcolonial writing & culture, and author of numerous essays on Caribbean, Australian and Canadian poetry.

Leigh Dale is Honorary Professor of English at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and author of books on self harm and the history of teaching English literatures in universities, as well as essays on postcolonial literatures (mainly Australian).
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Albert Wendt
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Part 1: Collision, Connection, and Change

1 Textiles from the Sea of Islands
Sacred Heart Nuns and Craft Advisers in Papua New Guinea and Australia
Diana Wood Conroy
2 Reading Across the Pacific, Reorienting “North”
Diana Brydon
3 Nationalism from Below
Folk Nationalist Formations of Mukunda Das
Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay
4 Xavier Herbert’s Enlightenment
The Solomon Islands Nightmare, 1928
Russell McDougall
5 Regime Change Literature and Transitional Justice
Tony Simões da Silva

Part 2: Case Studies

6 Laughter and the Indigenous Trickster Aesthetics of Marie Munkara’s Every Secret Thing
Anne Brewster
7 Claude McKay and the Pestilential City
The Metropolis, the Clinic, the Crisis
Anne Collett
8 Bodily Cloth
The Making Process in Artworks by Elsje van Keppel and Jane Whiteley
Kay Lawrence
9 Overseas and Underground
Travel and Travellers in Janet Frame’s Fiction
Dorothy Jones
10 “Indias of the mind”
Maps, Mothers, and Ethnicized Wonder Woman Outfits in Australian–Indian Fiction
Meeta Chatterjee–Padmanabhan
11 Singing the Spiral of Time
Albert Wendt’s The Adventures of Vela
Bill Ashcroft
12 Comparative History in Polynesia
Some Challenges of Studying the Past in the Postcolonial Present
Teresia Teaiwa and Tekura Moeka‘a
Lydia Wevers
Scholars and students of postcolonial studies world-wide. Disciplines involved are Literary studies, Cultural studies, Australian studies, Pacific studies, Caribbean studies, Canadian studies, Visual and Textile Arts.
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