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Postcolonial Thresholds: Thresholds, Gateways and Borders

Wilson, J. M. and Tunca, D. (2015) Editorship of special issue: Postcolonial Thresholds: Thresholds, Gateways and Borders. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 51(1) Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor & Francis. 1744-9855.

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Abstract: Postcolonial Thresholds A special issue of JPW edited by Janet Wilson and Daria Tunca This proposed collection is based around the examination of the threshold or gateway in postcolonial writing, photography and film. The essays acknowledge the ubiquitousness in postcolonial discourse of generic ‘threshold’ terms like the liminal and the interstitial, as well as scepticism about their ability to assert resistance in an increasingly globalised world in which postcolonial studies often serves the interests of metropolitan centres, the western academy and neoliberal policy-making. The nine essays (of which abstracts are presented below) examine these interrelated concepts from the various perspectives provided by genre, genealogy, geography, and metaphysics. They offer theorisations of liminality and ideas of inbetweenness, the threshold discourses of East–West encounters, the spatiogeography of inner London, the metaphoric threshold between the spiritual and the civic, enactments and performances of thresholds/gateways on the dynamic space of the stage, the play text with its concepts of performativity as threshold for new fiction, text and image as gateways to alternative constructions of the human. The works of writers and film-makers including Orhan Pamuk, Edward Said, Nadine Gordimer, Caryl Phillips, Amitav Ghosh, Chris Abani and Anthony Minghella are ‘reoriented’ through the use of comparative, cross cultural approaches that show them as defining a variety of literal and conceptual spaces – outer and inner, public and private – in which thresholds and gateways offer points of transition and in these ways ‘postcolonising’ them. The collection aims to continue the postcolonial project of revising dialectical thinking and binaristic processes through a scrutiny of the discipline’s core discourse based around concepts of ambivalence and in-betweenness, minoritarianism and subalternity.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thresholds, liminality, interstitial, in-between, Homi Bhabha, gateways, borders
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR9080 Postcolonial literature
Creators: Wilson, Janet M and Tunca, Daria
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for Critical and Creative Writing
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Research Centres > Centre for Critical and Creative Writing
Date: February 2015
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Volume: 51
Number: 1
Place of Publication: Abingdon, Oxon
Number of Pages: 125
Language: English
ISSN: 1744-9855
Media of Output: Electronic and print
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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