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The Form of Ideology and the Ideology of Form: Print Cultures Between Decolonization and the Cold War

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Neelam Srivastava


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This book focuses on the period of post-WWII decolonization and the Cold War as the backdrop to the emergence of new and diverse literary aesthetics that accompanied a shared anti-colonial commitment and Afro-Asian solidarity, when a flurry of writings, translations, reviews, and reportages made Asian and African literatures visible to each other for the first time. Moving beyond critical paradigms that pit modernism and literary autonomy against socialist realism and engagement as the defining (and polarizing) modes of Cold War writing, this book examine the ways in which the “unfinished” and ephemeral archive of print culture from the non-aligned Third World complicates and indeed upend these crystallized polarities. Focusing on locations as diverse as Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia, South Asia, China, and Italy – but also on the locations of émigré writers like Roberto Bolaño, this book highlights the combination of local debates and internationalist networks and aspirations that found expression in magazines, manifestos, translations and other kinds of literary production.

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Editor(s): Orsini F, Srivastava N, Zecchini L

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: In Press

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Year: 2021

Acceptance date: 30/10/2020

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0254

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781800641891


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