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World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth: Anticolonial Aesthetics, Postcolonial Politics

J. Daniel Elam


World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth recovers an alternative strain of anticolonialism that does not seek national sovereignty, authority, and political recognition, but advocates instead inexpertise, unknowing, unintelligibility, and collective unrecognizability. Early twentieth-century anticolonial thinkers endeavored to imagine a world emancipated from colonial rule, but it was a world they knew they would likely not live to see. Written in exile, in abjection, or in the face of death, anticolonial thought could not afford to base its politics on the hope of eventual success. This ... More

Keywords: B. R. Ambedkar, Erich Auerbach, anticolonialism, comparative literature, Frantz Fanon, M. K. Gandhi, Lala Har Dayal, postcolonialism, Bhagat Singh, world literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823289790
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823289790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Daniel Elam, author
University of Hong Kong