ISBN 9789350021941,The Mythology of Imperialism: A Revolutionary Critique of British Literature and Society in the Modern Age

The Mythology of Imperialism: A Revolutionary Critique of British Literature and Society in the Modern Age

Author:

Jonah Raskin

Publisher:

Aakar Books

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ISBN 9789350021941
Publisher

Aakar Books

Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13

ISBN 9789350021941

ISBN-10 9350021943
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 320 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

"We, the readers and students of literature, have been hijacked. The literary critics, our teachers, those assassins of culture, have put us up against the wall and held us captive." So begins Jonah Raskin's The Mythology of Imperialism. When first published in 1971, this book was nothing short of a call to arms, an open revolt against the literary establishment. In his critique of five well-known British writers-Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, and Joyce Cary-Raskin not only developed the model for a revolutionary anti-imperialist criticism, but, through this book's influence on Edward Said, helped usher in the field of postcolonial studies. Nearly four decades later, The Mythology of Imperialism is all the more relevant. Its readings of British literature still offer bold and original insight into the relationship between text, artist, and historical context. But, perhaps more crucially, this book sends a revolutionary message to all readers and students of literature. Against much of today's post-colonialism-diluted by postmodern obfuscation and largely detached from its historical roots-Raskin locates the center of his anti-imperialist criticism in the ahistnti-imperialist struggle itself and takes his cues not from "the assassins of culture" in the academy but from the national liberation movements of his time.
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