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Otherwise Occupied: Pedagogies of Alterity and the Brahminization of Theory (review)

Otherwise Occupied: Pedagogies of Alterity and the Brahminization of Theory (review) CoMPARATive LiTeRATURe STUDieS Otherwise Occupied: Pedagogies of Alterity and the Brahminization of Theory by Dorothy M. Figueira. State University of New York Press, 2008. 178 pp. Cloth $55.00, paper $19.95. This is an informative book on prominent and well-known critiques of theories focusing on "otherness," which undertakes to tackle the "paradigm shift from the aesthetic to the political" in the "last two decades" (1). However, it really constitutes an overview of critiques of and within postcolonial (and multicultural) studies, which were robust in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. For this reason, Figueira's characterization of the "new type of intellectual" who is the academic postcolonialist--"defined as someone who claims to have dispensed with territorial affiliation and travels unencumbered through the world bearing the burden of a unique yet representative stability" (emphasis added)--seems somewhat out of touch today. Her statement that "examining the east to see if it too might be cluttered with stereotypes or misconceptions was never a sustained part of this critique" also ignores the work of a whole new generation of "postcolonialists" working on Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and different parts of Asia, whose first studies began to appear in the late 1990s and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Literature Studies Penn State University Press

Otherwise Occupied: Pedagogies of Alterity and the Brahminization of Theory (review)

Comparative Literature Studies , Volume 48 (4) – Jan 1, 2011

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CoMPARATive LiTeRATURe STUDieS Otherwise Occupied: Pedagogies of Alterity and the Brahminization of Theory by Dorothy M. Figueira. State University of New York Press, 2008. 178 pp. Cloth $55.00, paper $19.95. This is an informative book on prominent and well-known critiques of theories focusing on "otherness," which undertakes to tackle the "paradigm shift from the aesthetic to the political" in the "last two decades" (1). However, it really constitutes an overview of critiques of and within postcolonial (and multicultural) studies, which were robust in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. For this reason, Figueira's characterization of the "new type of intellectual" who is the academic postcolonialist--"defined as someone who claims to have dispensed with territorial affiliation and travels unencumbered through the world bearing the burden of a unique yet representative stability" (emphasis added)--seems somewhat out of touch today. Her statement that "examining the east to see if it too might be cluttered with stereotypes or misconceptions was never a sustained part of this critique" also ignores the work of a whole new generation of "postcolonialists" working on Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and different parts of Asia, whose first studies began to appear in the late 1990s and

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Comparative Literature StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2011

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