Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 - Post-Contemporary Interventions (Paperback)Srinivas Aravamudan (author)
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"Tropicalization" is the central metaphor of this analysis, a term that incorporates both the construction of various dynamic tropes by which the colonized are viewed and the site of the study, primarily the tropics. Tropicopolitans, then, are those people who bear and resist the representations of colonialist discourse. In readings that expose new relationships between literary representation and colonialism in the eighteenth century, Aravamudan considers such texts as Behn's Oroonoko, Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Captain Singleton, Addison's Cato, and Swift's Gulliver's Travels and The Drapier's Letters. He extends his argument to include analyses of Johnson's Rasselas, Beckford's Vathek, Montagu's travel letters, Equiano's autobiography, Burke's political and aesthetic writings, and Abbe de Raynal's Histoire des deux Indes. Offering a radical approach to literary history, this study provides new mechanisms for understanding the development of anticolonial agency.
Introducing eighteenth-century studies to a postcolonial hermeneutics, Tropicopolitans will interest scholars engaged in postcolonial studies, eighteenth-century literature, and literary theory.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 735 g
Dimensions: 230 x 165 x 29 mm
"Tropicopolitans is the most theoretically sophisticated study yet of colonialist texts in the eighteenth century."-James Thompson, author of Models of Value: Eighteenth-Century Political Economy and the Novel
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