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Postcolonialism and its Discontents: Towards Polycoloniality

Par Saugata Bhaduri : Professeur - Jawaharlal Nehru University
Publié par Marion Coste le 09/03/2023

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Connected to the question of nationalistic and identitarian assertions versus the other-regarding 'worlding' of literary-critical praxis is the question of the Global South – questions more specifically connected to colonialism, postcolonial discourse, and new-imperialism. To what extent can postcolonialism offer a suitable methodological toolkit for studying literature today? Conversely, what are some of the current discontents with postcolonialism, arising particularly from emerging insights into colonialism and literary production from the Global South? To answer these questions, this lecture probes into the different strands of recent critiques of postcolonialism as an adequate method of literary criticism. It also focuses on one of the primary research outputs of the current lecturer, which has been in the area of 'polycoloniality', or the multiple and productive strands of networked and mutually competitive colonial processes, which have always been multinational rather than mononational – with there being colonial efforts in South Asia, for instance, not just by the English (as is often presumed) but by the Portuguese, Dutch, French, Danish, 'Germans', etc, too. This lecture examines this further, particularly in relation to France's involvement in colonial projects in South Asia.

This talk was part of the "Lectures in English Studies" programme of the Department of English at the ENS de Lyon and was organized by Vanessa Guignery. 


Introduction: The problem of the "postcolonial common sense" 00:00:00
1. Polycoloniality as the way out? 00:07:05
2. Polycoloniality in Bengal 00:10:33
3. Early Modern "pre-colonial" travellers to Bengal 00:14:19
4. Polycolonial Modernity 00:38:55
  • The polycolonial influence on Bengali language and literature
  • The polycolonial influence on Bengali visual and performative cultures
  • The polycolonial bases of urban culture, hybridity, diaspora
  • The polycolonial establishment of ‘western’ educational institutions
  • The polycolonial initiation of Bengal into print culture
  • The polycolonial introduction of progressive social and political reforms
  • The polycolonial rise of revolutionary and decolonizing consciousness
Conclusion 01:07:03


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Saugata Bhaduri, "Postcolonialism and its Discontents: Towards Polycoloniality", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2023. Consulté le 14/07/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/litterature/litterature-postcoloniale/postcolonialism-and-its-discontents-towards-polycoloniality