PINKIE MEKGWE Theorizing African Feminism(s) The ‘Colonial’ Question Colonialism returns at the moment of its disappearance. EBATES ON THEORIZING ‘ THE POSTCOLONIAL ’ have been, and continue to be, vigorous. Deriving from these debates are dif- D ferent espousals of what postcolonialism is and/or seeks to do. Such theorizing has lent itself to different formulations such as ‘postcolonial- ism’, ‘the postcolonial condition’, ‘the postcolonial scene’, ‘the postcolonial intellectual’, ‘the emerging disciplinary space of postcolonialism’, and ‘post- colonializing’. These formulations attest to the varied directions subsumed under ‘postcolonial studies’ and the associated problem of defining and map- ping-out discrete ‘postcolonial borders’. Each formulation also denotes ‘multiplicity’, which, as I argue after Anne McClintock, inscribes history as the single issue of importance in postcolonial enquiry. Emphasizing the centrality of history for postcolonial literature, the authors of The Empire Writes Back state that postcolonial literature expresses “the Anne McClintock, “The Angel of Progress: Pitfalls of the Term ‘Post-Colonial- ism’” (1992), in Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory, ed. Patrick Williams & Laura Chrisman (New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993): 293. McClintock, “The Angel of Progress,” 293; Ato Quayson, Postcolonialism: Theory, Practice or Process? (New York: Blackwell, 2000): 156. McClintock, “The Angel of Progress,” 293.
Matatu – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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