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An Anti-Imperial Mythology

The Radical Vision of Howards End

Charles Campbell


Critics have read Howards End as if Forster ‘specifically barred’ the poor from the novel (Trilling), so that only the middle classes are considered and not in a ‘truly radical’ way (Crews). Yet Forster does, after all, concern himself with the very poor in his depiction of Leonard Bast, Jacky and other characters, and extensively in the thoughts of Margaret. Furthermore, he creates the myth he says England lacks, and, considered in relationship to the main narrative events and to the novel's imagery, this takes the form of an anti-imperialist mythology. Mythic elements include epic journeys and battles, a symbolic sword and tree, a sacrificial death and a redemptive child. In the novel's poetic passages and in its account of Margaret's education on the ‘hard road of Henry's soul’, the nature of England's imperialism is revealed and defeated by an alternative radical and feminist vision of society.

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Ian Birchall

Nicholas Harrison, Postcolonial Criticism. Cambridge: Polity, 2003, 221 pp. ISBN 0-7456-2182-1 Review by Ian Birchall

Ingrid Galster, Le Théâtre de Jean-Paul Sartre devant ses premiers critiques. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2001. 394 pp. ISBN 2-7475-0715-7.

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(De)Colonizing Pictures?

German Television and Colonialism

Wolfgang Struck

Over the last decade, an increasing number of documentaries and fictional films broadcast on German television has established an image of German colonialism that claims to be informed by postcolonial criticism but, as I argue in this article, often resembles the image created by colonialism itself. Das Weltreich der Deutschen (The Global German Empire, 2010), a documentation produced by Guido Knopp, serves as an example for the close connection between practices of representation and colonial fantasies, and demonstrates how the combination of entertainment and education obscures the fact that colonialism has been not only a practice of political domination and economical exploitation, but also a practice of representation.

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Ritty Lukose

suggest that postcolonial criticism does not sufficiently bring critiques of colonialism to bear on the contemporary workings of institutions and politics. It is the language of ‘decolonizing’, after all, and not the ‘postcolonial’ that has animated recent

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European Anthropology as a Fortuitous Accident?

Reflections on the Sustainability of the Field

Čarna Brković

-Saxon anthropologists at all? Does the important postcolonial criticism of Anglo-Saxon anthropology ( Asad 1973 ) have any relevance for understanding Eastern European knowledge traditions? What conditions should be met to answer such questions with a ‘yes’? In order to

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Like a Tumbleweed in Eden

The Diasporic Lives of Concepts

Banu Subramaniam

recognize and know so well, such as culture/nature or male/female, were in fact constituted through the colonial process; (3) environmentalism also has colonial roots, and postcolonial criticism has effectively renewed, rather than belatedly discovered, its

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With an Open Mind and Open Heart

Collections Care at the Laboratory of Archaeology

Kate Roth

. Clapperton , Jonathan Alex . 2010 . “ Contested Space, Shared Places: The Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Aboriginal Peoples, and Postcolonial Criticism .” BC Studies 165 : 7 – 30 . Clavir , Miriam . 2002 . Preserving What Is Valued: Museums