Dockside reading : hydrocolonialism and the custom house / Isabel Hofmeyr.

Author
Hofmeyr, Isabel [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Durham : Duke University Press, 2022.
Description
xii, 121 pages : black and white illustrations ; 23 cm

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"In Dockside Reading Isabel Hofmeyr traces the relationship between print culture, colonialism, and the ocean through the institution of the British colonial custom house. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, dockside customs officials would leaf through publications looking for obscenity, politically objectionable materials, or reprints of British copyrighted works, often dumping these condemned goods into the water. These practices, echoing other colonial imaginaries of the ocean as a space for erasing incriminating evidence of the violence of empire, informed later censorship regimes under Apartheid in South Africa. By tracking printed matter from ship to shore, Hofmeyr shows how literary institutions like copyright and censorship were shaped by colonial control of coastal waters. Set in the environmental context of the colonial port city, Dockside Reading explores how imperialism colonizes water. Hofmeyr examines this theme through the concept of hydrocolonialism, which puts together land and sea, empire and environment"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Introduction: Hydrocolonialism : the view from the dockside
  • The custom house and hydrocolonial governance
  • Customs and objects on a hydrocolonial frontier
  • Copyright on a hydrocolonial frontier
  • Censorship on a hydrocolonial frontier
  • Conclusion: Dockside genres and postcolonial literature.
ISBN
  • 9781478015123 ((hardcover))
  • 1478015128
  • 9781478017745 ((paperback))
  • 1478017740
LCCN
2021016435
OCLC
1245344855
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