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Emerging from the rubble of postcolonial studies: Book history and Australian literary studies
Ilha do Desterro: A Journal of English Language, Literature in English, and Cultural Studies (2016)
  • Per Henningsgaard, Portland State University
Abstract
Scholars of Australian literature have engaged more frequently and enthusiastically with book history approaches
than nearly any other postcolonial nation’s literary scholars. Several Australian scholars have suggested that book
history has taken over where postcolonial studies let of. In their choice of subject matter, however, Australian
book historians reinforce the very constructions of literary value they purport to dismantle, similar to how
scholars of postcolonial studies have been critiqued for reinforcing the construction of colonial identities. hus,
this article looks to the intellectual history of postcolonial studies for examples of how it has responded to
similar critiques. What is revealed is a surprising, and heretofore untold, relationship between book history
and postcolonial studies, which focuses on their transnational potential versus their ability to remain irmly
grounded in the national.
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Publication Date
2016
Citation Information
Per Henningsgaard. "Emerging from the rubble of postcolonial studies: Book history and Australian literary studies" Ilha do Desterro: A Journal of English Language, Literature in English, and Cultural Studies Vol. 69 Iss. 2 (2016) p. 117 - 126 ISSN: 2175-8026
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/per-henningsgaard/13/