Paradise Discourse Imperialism And Globalization

Author: Sharae Deckard
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135224021
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This comparative study, the first of its kind, discusses paradise discourse in a wide range of writing from Mexico, Zanzibar, and Sri Lanka, including novels by authors such as Malcolm Lowry, Leonard Woolf, Juan Rulfo, Wilson Harris, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Romesh Gunesekera. Tracing dialectical tropes of paradise across the "long modernity" of the capitalist world-system, Deckard reads literature from postcolonial nations in context with colonial discourse in order to demonstrate how paradise begins as a topos motivating European exploration and colonization, shifts into an ideological myth justifying imperial exploitation, and finally becomes a literary motif used by contemporary writers to critique neocolonial representations and conditions in the age of globalization. Combining a range of critical perspectives—cultural materialist, ecocritical, and postcolonial—the volume opens up a deeper understanding of the relation between paradise discourse and the destructive dynamics of plantation, tourism, and global capital. Deckard uncovers literature from East Africa and South Asia which has been previously overlooked in mainstream postcolonial criticism, and gestures to how the utopian dimensions of the paradise myth might be reclaimed to promote cultural resistance.
Paradise Discourse, Imperialism, and Globalization
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Sharae Deckard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-12-04 - Publisher: Routledge

This comparative study, the first of its kind, discusses paradise discourse in a wide range of writing from Mexico, Zanzibar, and Sri Lanka, including novels by authors such as Malcolm Lowry, Leonard Woolf, Juan Rulfo, Wilson Harris, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Romesh Gunesekera. Tracing dialectical tropes of paradise across the "long
Touring Pacific Cultures
Language: en
Pages: 457
Authors: Kalissa Alexeyeff, John Taylor
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-15 - Publisher: ANU Press

Tourism is vital to the economies of most Pacific nations and as such is an important site for the meaningful production of shared and disputed cultural values and practices. This is especially the case when tourism intersects with other important arenas for cultural production, both directly and indirectly. Touring Pacific
Pathologies of Paradise
Language: en
Pages: 248
Authors: Supriya M. Nair
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-09-24 - Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Pathologies of Paradise presents the rich complexity of anglophone Caribbean literature from pluralistic perspectives that contest the reduction of the region to Edenic or infernal stereotypes. But rather than reiterate the familiar critiques of these stereotypes, Supriya Nair draws on the trope of the detour to plumb the depths of
J. M. Synge and Travel Writing of the Irish Revival
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Giulia Bruna
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-10-31 - Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Between the late 1890s and the early 1900s, the young Irish writer John Millington Synge journeyed across his home country, documenting his travels intermittently for ten years. His body of travel writing includes the travel book The Aran Islands, his literary journalism about West Kerry and Wicklow published in various
Projections of Paradise
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Giulia Bruna
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-01-01 - Publisher: BRILL

Paradise is commonly imagined as a place of departure or arrival, beginning and closure, permanent inhabitation of which, however much desired, is illusory. This makes it the dream of the traveller, the explorer, the migrant – hence, a trope recurrent in postcolonial writing, which is so centrally concerned with questions