Post-colonial Intertexts

Hierarchies of Modernism


Using Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation and Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Secret History of Costaguana, this book asks you to serve as the jury on euro-modernism, specifically the canonical texts Camus’s The Stranger and Conrad’s Nostromo. The book reveals the extent to which euro-modernist aesthetics was culpable in rationalising colonialism.

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Geetha Ramanathan is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature which she taught at West Chester University, USA. Her most recent books on modernisms are Locating Gender in Modernism: The Female Outsider (2012), and The Female in German Modernisms: The Visual Turn (2019).

 1 Intertext and Influence
 2 Women and Euro-Modernism

1 Gendered Historiography and Colonial Euro-Modernist Aesthetics
 1 Access to History
 2 Tropes in History and Narrative
 3 Whose History
 4 “Plot” and History
 5 Gender and History in the Novels
 6 Conclusion

2 Difference across Colonial/Post-Colonial Authorship

3 Euro-Modernist and Post-Colonial Masquerades
 1 The Detective Story
 2 Female Absence and Presence
 3 Male Absence and Presence
 4 The Post-Colonial Detective
 5 The Crime
 6 The Modernist Masquerade
 7 Woman and Genre
 8 Woman and Big History
 9 Doubles
 10 Colonial and Post-Colonial Romance

4 The Aesthetics and Literary Politics of Commodities

5 Geography and the Gendering of Place



Students at the undergraduate and post-graduate level of twentieth century literature, scholars of modernisms and post-colonialism, students and scholars of feminist studies, academic libraries; researchers on intertextuality, professors and students of comparative literature, students at the undergraduate and post-graduate level studying interdisciplinary approaches, students and professors working on cross-cultural comparisons.
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