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
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).
Table of contents
Foreword Albert Wendt Illustrations and Appendices Notes on Contributors and Editors
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 Afterword 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.