Postcolonial theory is dead! Long live postcolonial theory?

Clive Barnett, over at his blog Pop Theory, puts to bed some of the concerns I had at the time (and have since mulled over) with my UG dissertation on postcolonialism (direct link here). Almost as soon as I’d finished it, bound it and received my final mark I was over that tricky Saidian/Gregorian alliance.

I still think those working in the broad field of postcolonial studies have a lot to offer, and I do believe textual-historical analyses of colonial media deserve continued attention, just the Saidian discourse of Orientalism has become stagnant. Those pesky non-reppers at Bristol did a lot to shift the focus, at least in Human Geography.

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