Postcolonial literatures in the local literary marketplace : located reading / Jenni Ramone.

Ramone, Jenni [Browse]
Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, [2020]
xiii, 261 pages ; 22 cm.


New comparisons in world literature
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"In this remarkable, stimulating and urgent book, Jenni Ramone superbly underscores the power of reading to contest authoritys demands. Insisting upon the local as resistant, unruly and disruptive, Ramone pursues the practice of 'located reading as both a significant literary preoccupation and a meaningful tool of political consciousness-raising. Rigorously interdisciplinary and persistently ground-breaking, Ramones study challenges at last the tired cliche that the global literary marketplace has effectively defused postcolonial literatures dissident designs." - John McLeod, University of Leeds, UK. This book asks what reading means in India, Nigeria, the UK, and Cuba, through close readings of literary texts from postcolonial, spatial, architectural, cartographic, materialist, trauma, and gender perspectives. It contextualises these close readings through new interpretations of local literary marketplaces to assert the significance of local, not global meanings. The book offers longer case studies on novels that stage important reading moments: Alejo Carpentiers The Lost Steps (1953), Leonardo Paduras Adios, Hemingway (2001), Tabish Khairs Filming (2007), Chibundhu Onuzos Welcome to Lagos (2017), and Zadie Smiths Swing Time (2016). Chapters argue that while Indias literary market was disrupted by Partition, literature offers a means of moving beyond trauma; in post-Revolutionary Cuba, the Special Period led to exploitation of Cuban literary culture, resulting in texts that foreground reading spaces; in Nigeria, the market hosts meeting, negotiation, reflection, and trade, including the writers trade; while Black consciousness bookshops and writing in Britain operated to challenge the UK literary market, a project still underway. This book is a vindication of reading, and of the resistant power and creative potential of local literary marketplaces. It insists on 'located reading, enabling close reading of world literature s sited in their local materialities.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. Located Reading: Postcolonial Literatures in the Local Literary Marketplace
  • 2. Indian Partition Literature. Reading Displacement: Partition Reading Patterns, and Trauma
  • 3. Nigeria. Nigerian Literature and/as The Market
  • 4. Black Writing in Britain. Going Back to Move Forward: Black Consciousness now and in the archives
  • 5. Cuba. Reading and Revolution: Cuban Literature and Literary Culture.
  • 9781137569332
  • 1137569336 (hardcover)
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