Magic Science And Empire In Postcolonial Literature

Author: Kathleen Renk
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136582312
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This book examines the ways in which contemporary British and British postcolonial writers in the after-empire era draw connections between magic (defined here as Renaissance Hermetic philosophy) and science. Writers such as Tom Stoppard, Zadie Smith, and Margaret Atwood critique both imperial science, or science used in service to empire, and what Renk calls "imperical science," a distortion of rational science which denies that reality is holistic and claims that nature can and should be conquered. In warning of the dangers of imperical science, these writers restore the connection between magic and science as they examine major shifts in scientific thinking across the centuries. They reflect on the Copernican Revolution and the historic split between magic and science, scrutinize Darwinism, consider the relationship between Victorian science and pseudo-science, analyze twentieth-century Uncertainty theories, reject bio/genetic engineering, call for a new approach to science that reconnects science and art, and ultimately endeavor to bring an end to the imperial age. Overall, these writers forge a new discourse that merges science with the arts and emphasizes a holistic philosophy, a view shared by both Hermetic philosophy and recent scientific theories, such as chaos or complexity theory. Along with recent books that focus on the relationship between contemporary literature and science, this work focuses on contemporary British literature’s critique of science and the ways in which postcolonial literature addresses the relationship between magic, science, and empire.
Magic, Science, and Empire in Postcolonial Literature
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Kathleen Renk
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-29 - Publisher: Routledge

This book examines the ways in which contemporary British and British postcolonial writers in the after-empire era draw connections between magic (defined here as Renaissance Hermetic philosophy) and science. Writers such as Tom Stoppard, Zadie Smith, and Margaret Atwood critique both imperial science, or science used in service to empire,
Music and Identity in Postcolonial British South-Asian Literature
Language: en
Pages: 168
Authors: Christin Hoene
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-08-27 - Publisher: Routledge

This book examines the role of music in British-South Asian postcolonial literature, asking how music relates to the construction of postcolonial identity. It focuses on novels that explore the postcolonial condition in India, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom: Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, Amit Chaudhuri's Afternoon Raag, Suhayl Saadi's Psychoraag,
Postcolonial Readings of Music in World Literature
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Cameron Fae Bushnell
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-11-13 - Publisher: Routledge

This book reads representations of Western music in literary texts to reveal the ways in which artifacts of imperial culture function within contemporary world literature. Bushnell argues that Western music’s conventions for performance, composition, and listening, established during the colonial period, persist in postcolonial thought and practice. Music from the
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Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Mark J. Bruhn, Donald R. Wehrs
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-26 - Publisher: Routledge

Cognition, Literature, and History models the ways in which cognitive and literary studies may collaborate and thereby mutually advance. It shows how understanding of underlying structures of mind can productively inform literary analysis and historical inquiry, and how formal and historical analysis of distinctive literary works can reciprocally enrich our
Shipwreck in Art and Literature
Language: en
Pages: 284
Authors: Carl Thompson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-05-09 - Publisher: Routledge

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