This essay aims to rethink historical difference in light of Walter Benjamin’s formulation of mimesis and Frantz Fanon’s phenomenology of difference. Divided into three parts, the essay engages Dipesh Chakrabarty’s account of historical difference, considers how an understanding of mimesis might safeguard against some of the philosophical pitfalls within Chakrabarty’s formulation, and revisits Fanon for an explication of a theory of mimesis and difference that may be the grounds for a renewed understanding of historical difference. The essay makes a case for the relevance of Frankfurt School dialectics for postcolonial problematics.
queer theory, postcolonial theory, 20th century American Lit.
African Literature and New Media, Postcolonial Theory, Film Studies, the global South,
postcolonial theory, pedagogy, African American literature, Asian American literature
African Literature, South Asian Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Postcolonial Theory, Queer Theory, Transnational Literature, African Diasporic Literature, Cultural Studies
World literature, comparative literature, translation studies, poetry, literary theory, global south, and postcolonial theory,
Postcolonial literature, Postcolonial theory, South-Asian Literature, Postcolonial Feminism, War on Terror Studies, Pakistani Anglophone literature, World Anglophone literature
This group focuses on settler colonialism as a distinct form of colonialism, separate from imperialism, and with different implications for postcolonial theory. Settler colonies include Palestine, the former Russian Empire, Australia, North America, etc.
Victorian Literature, Children’s Literature, Postcolonial Theory, Asian-American Literature
African literatures, literatures of the environment, Marxism, Anglophone and Lusophone postcolonial theory, ecocriticism, urban studies and children’s literature.