The Postcolonial Turn: Critical Essays on the postcolonial intervention in Literary Genres, approaches and criticism

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Prof. Edward O. Ako, Prof. Blossom N. Fondo
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Postcolonial theory has been engaged in uncovering and castigating the legacies of the colonial contact on the colonized. This has seen a lot of discussions on postcolonial theory which focus on the material effects of colonialism such as the identity crisis occasioned by the loss of culture, the new boundaries created by colonialism and which continue to have far-reaching effects decades after the formal demise of colonialism, and the gross exploitation and humiliation of the colonized which has resulted in the inferiority complex and a loss of self- esteem. Postcolonial theory in a general sense therefore often involves the response of the colonized to the cultural and human consequences of colonial control. Eminent postcolonial scholars Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin have well elucidated these material effects of colonialism in their definition of postcolonial theory which they underscore "involves discussion about experiences of various kinds: migration, slavery, suppression, resistance, representation, difference, race, gender, place and responses to the influential master discourses of imperial Europe…". Another aspect of postcolonial theory that is gaining in importance and in need of more attention is its impact on studies of genres and criticism. The postcolonial turn in literary studies has given birth to new theoretical ideas, approaches, debates and issues.
The purpose of this collection is to bring together essays that critically and profoundly examine the ways in which the colonial contact and the resulting postcolonial condition have brought what we term a "postcolonial dimension" to genre studies and criticism. It is interested in providing answers to such questions as: how have literary genres experienced the "postcolonial turn?", what new inflections has it brought to old genres? What new forms of criticisms has postcolonialism produced? What new styles (postcolonial style) have writers adopted to communicate the postcolonial condition?
We are therefore inviting original papers that address any of these issues. Contributors may choose to address any of the following, although they are not limited to these:
- Postcolonial theory and ecocriticism
- Postcolonial theory and feminist criticism
- Postcolonial theory and bioregionalism
- Postcolonialism and geocriticism
- Postcolonialism and the novel of growth, development or ripening (bildungsroman, kuntslerroman, reifungsroman etc)
- Postcolonial theory and the picaresque novel
- Postcolonialism and the historical novel
- Postcolonial discourse and trauma theory
- Postcolonial theory and cosmopolitan fiction
- Postcolonialism and the autobiographical genre
- Postcolonialism and war/captivity narratives
- Postcolonialism and queer theory
- Postcolonial theory and ekphrasis
- Postcolonialism and the plaasroman
- Postcolonial theory and post-humanism
- Postcolonial criticism and the fairy tale
- Postcolonialism and the theory of the novel
- Postcolonial theory and existentialism
- Postcolonial theory and psychoanalysis
Abstracts of between 350 – 500 words should be sent
Important Dates
April 30 2016: Deadline for the reception of abstracts
May 15 2016: Notification of acceptance of abstracts
August 30 2016: Submission of complete papers
October 30 2016: End of review process and correction of papers
December 30 2016: Publication of collection