Announcing POSTCOLONIAL list

Malgosia Askanas ma at dsd.camb.inmet.com
Tue Jan 10 06:14:37 MST 1995


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The Spoon Collective would like to announce the creation of a POSTCOLONIAL
mailing list. POSTCOLONIAL is an electronic forum for discussion and
experimentation rooted in postcolonial literature, film, and theory.
POSTCOLONIAL is an open list - all interested parties are invited and
encouraged to participate.  Specific information about the list is below.
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To subscribe to POSTCOLONIAL,
send the message: subscribe postcolonial
to: majordomo at lists.village.virginia.edu

To post a message to POSTCOLONIAL,
send your post to: postcolonial at lists.village.virginia.edu
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The (im)propriety of the term "postcolonial" will hopefully be addressed on
the list.  For now: "We use the term 'post-colonial'...to cover all the
culture affected by the imperial process from the moment of colonization to
the present day" (Bill Ashcroft, et al. _The Empire Writes Back_. 1989).
Postcolonial literature and film generally includes the cultural
productions emerging out of the experience of colonization.

Postcolonial theory and criticism interrogates the relations between
culture and imperialism.  It frequently is concerned with creating agency
for the marginalized and with recovering lost cultural histories.  Feminist
questions are, of course, germane to this discussion.  The roles of
academia and the Internet in postcolonial power relations merit discussion
as well.

A list of representative authors and directors might include:

*LITERATURE*: Chinua Achebe, George Lamming, Aime Cesaire, Sara Suleri,
Salman Rushdie, Buchi Emecheta, Jamaica Kincaid, Michelle Cliff, Marguerite
Duras, Farida Karodia, Ayi Kwei Armah, Nuruddin Farah, Nadine Gordimer,
Bessie Head, V.S. Naipaul, Wole Soyinka, Simone Schwarz-Bart, Derek
Walcott, Anita Desai, Hanif Kureishi, C.L.R. James, etc.

*FILM*: Claire Denis, Ketan Mehta, Farida Ben Lyazid, Ken Loach, Peter
Ormrod, Horace Ove, Srinivas Krishna, Ousmane Sembene, Gurinder Chada,
Pratibha Parmar, the Sankofa Film Collective, Mira Nair, Marguerite Duras,
etc.

*THEORY*: Homi Bhabha, Partha Chatterjee, Amilcar Cabral, Frantz Fanon,
Ranajit Guha, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Edward Said, Trinh T. Minha,
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Abdul Jan Mohamed, etc.
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This is an "open list" -- posts on all aspects of the above issues and more
will be welcomed.  It is open to general discussion, group readings of
published works, the sharing and critique of participants'
works-in-progress, and creative appropriations of the texts across a
variety of disciplines.

This list is unmoderated in the sense that all posts are sent out without
the need for approval.  However, if you are interested in serving as
coordinator of the list (not approving posts but instigating, trying to
maintain discussion, and helping with administrative tasks), please contact
the Spoon Collective:
spoons at jefferson.village.virginia.edu
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POSTCOLONIAL is brought to you by the Spoon Collective, a group of Net
citizens devoted to free and open discussion of philosophical issues on the
Internet. Based on the Collective's philosophy, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT POSTS
CONTAINING LANGUAGE OR DEALING WITH SUBJECT MATTER THAT SOME MIGHT FIND
OFFENSIVE MAY APPEAR ON THE LIST FROM TIME TO TIME, AND SUCH POSTS WILL NOT
BE CENSORED. For that reason, if you are not interested in receiving such
posts, please do not subscribe.

Other Spoon lists include: avant-garde, bataille, baudrillard, blanchot,
cybermind, deleuze-guattari, feyerabend, fiction-of-philosophy,
film-theory, foucault, frankfurt-school, french-feminism, lyotard, marxism,
nietzsche...

Please address any questions, comments, or concerns that are not
appropriate for the list as a whole to:
spoons at jefferson.village.virginia.edu

This announcement created by Dan Kern of the Spoon Collective.  Special
thanks to Mia Carter for her help.


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