Reading for the Social
By (author) Ato Quayson
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Calibrations by Ato Quayson
Book DescriptionProposes an entirely new socially and politically conscious way of reading. Ato Quayson explores a practice of reading that oscillates rapidly between domains--the literary-aesthetic, the social, the cultural, and the political--in order to uncover the mutually illuminating nature of these domains. He does this not to assert the often repeated postmodernist view that there is nothing outside the text, but to outline a method of reading he calls calibrations: a form of close reading of literature with what lies beyond it as a way of understanding structures of transformation, process, and contradiction that inform both literature and society. Quayson surveys a wide array of texts--ranging from Bob Marley lyrics, Toni Morrison's work, Walter Benjamin's Theses on the Philosophy of History, and Althusser's reflections on political economy--and treats a broad range of themes: the comparative structures of alienation in literature and anthropology, cultural heroism as a trope in African society and politics, literary tragedy as a template for reading the life and activism of Ken Saro-Wiwa, trauma and the status of citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa, representations of physical disability, and the clash between enchanted and disenchanted time in postcolonial texts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816638406
(229mm x 148mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ato Quayson
Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel, Paperback (November 2015)
This Companion provides an engaging account of the postcolonial novel, from Joseph Conrad to Jean Rhys.
Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism, Hardback (August 2013)
A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism offers a ground-breaking combined discussion of the concepts of diaspora and transnationalism. Newly commissioned essays by leading scholars provide interdisciplinary perspectives that link together the concepts in new and important ways.
Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature 2 Volume Set, Hardback (January 2012)» View all books by Ato Quayson
This major reference work will set the future agenda for the field.
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