original texts so uncomfortable and, at times, truly painful to read. Besides being a convincing interpretation of how Japan's canonical literary texts have been read during the past 120 years, Inventing the Classics can also be seen as a history of the domestication and taming of an uncomfortable Other by an army of literary critics, historians, and aestheticians who have rarely dared to confront the texts themselves. This book is a reminder that we tend to make and unmake texts as it is convenient and comfortable to us. The theorization of the uncomfortable is totally absent from Inventing the Classics, and that is probably why it is such a pleasurable book to read. Michael F. Marra University of California, Los Angeles Decolonization Agonistics in Postcolonial Fiction. By Chidi Okonkwo. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. xiv + 236. $55.00. The end of the twentieth century has undoubtedly witnessed the emergence of a congeries of "postcolonial" cultural and literary theorists, whose common theoretical persuasion threatens to undermine the authenticity of the contradictions generated by the colonial impulse. Driven by current global social and cultural contingencies, these scholars seeking to erase the historicity of colonial outcomes have both been provocative
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Published: Jan 23, 2003
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