Poststructuralism and Postcoloniality

BookPoststructuralism and Postcoloniality

Poststructuralism and Postcoloniality

The Anxiety of Theory

Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines, 8


July 5th, 2010





This book explores the relation between poststructuralist thought and postcoloniality, and identifies in that interaction the expression of a particular anxiety concerning the form of theoretical writing. Many so-called poststructuralist thinkers, such as Derrida, Cixous, Lyotard, Barthes, Kristeva and Spivak, have turned their attention at some point in their career towards questions either of postcolonialism, or of cultural domination and difference. For all these thinkers, however, a reflection on such questions has generated a sense of unease concerning the assumed neutrality of theoretical discourse, and the inevitable subjective or autobiographical investments of the writing self. The book argues that this anxiety betrays an unprecedented lucidity concerning the particular challenges of writing about ourselves and others at a time of postcolonial upheaval.

A thorough, well-researched and well-written piece of scholarship. Though it covers a lot of ground, and deals with six notoriously complex and prolific thinkers, the overall project is impressively focused and coherent…This is clearly an accomplished piece of work, and it will be a valuable addition to the growing literature on the topic.
Peter Hallward, Middlesex University

Hiddleston has produced a sophisticated and comprehensive study that genuinely contributes to the literature in this area.

Modern Language Review, Volume 106, Part 4

... this is a very insightful and well-informed contribution to contemporary theoretical debates within this field.

French Studies, vol 65, no 4

Author Information

Jane Hiddleston is Professor of Literatures in French at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
List of Illustrations
1. Commercial, Diplomatic and Scientific Travellers
2 Passionate Pilgrims
3. Audubon and Catlin: Artists of the American Wilderness
4. Herman Melville: Redburn
5. Nathaniel Hawthorne, American Consul
6. Social Observers
7. African American Campaigners, Abolition and Evangelism
8. Lecturers and Reformers
9. The American Civil War
10. Overviews of the City and Public Events
Further Reading