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Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction: Atlantic and Other Worlds

Greg Forter


Postcolonial historical fiction offers readers valuable resources for thinking the prehistory of our present. The genre’s treatment of colonialism as geographically omnivorous yet temporally “out of joint” with itself gives it a special purchase on the continuities between the colonial era and our own. These features also enable the genre to distill from our colonial pasts the evanescent, utopian intimations of a properly postcolonial future. Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction arrives at these insights by juxtaposing novels from the Atlantic world with books from the Indian ... More

Keywords: Postcolonial literature, postcolonial theory, historical novel, utopianism, black Atlantic, Indian Ocean, colonialism, capitalism, Marxism, temporality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198830436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Forter, author
Professor in the Department of English, University of South Carolina