Journal of Romance Studies

Editors’ introduction

Journal of Romance Studies (2005), 5, (1), 1–7.

Abstract

The first part of this introduction (by Jo Labanyi) outlines the objectives of this special issue and draws readers’ attention to the key debates in the essays that follow. It emphasizes the aim of critiquing models of empire that operate within the framework of the nation state, and suggests alternative models that recognize transnational processes and that show the decolonization process to be more complex than an opposition between ‘old’ and ‘new’ nations. The second part (by Ross G. Forman) assesses some of the ways in which the articles in this volume contribute to recent critical developments in the study of imperialism and postcoloniality. It stresses the benefits of understanding imperial and post-imperial historiographies from a comparative vantage and foregrounds the centrality of cultural production to evolving theories about the relationship between European powers and their former possessions overseas.

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Labanyi, Jo

Forman, Ross G.