Dr. Lamia Tayeb teaches English Literature at the High Institute of Social Sciences in Tunis, Tunisia. She is the author of two articles: “Martha’s Odyssey: The Motif of the Journey in Doris Lessing’s The Children of Violence,” Jouvert, 7.2 (April 2003), and “The Inscription of Cultural Bafflement in E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India,” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Vol. 6, number 1, (Fall 2004).2006 0-7734-5700-3
This book is a study of the current debates about identitarian thought in relation to contexts of postcolonial resistance and reconstruction. How is identity theorized, constructed and claimed in the context of postcolonial political and cultural struggles against imperial hegemony? How is our understanding of identity inflected by the strengthening alliance between postcolonial theory, on the one hand, and the postmodern pull towards ‘de-hegemonization’ on the other? This study assesses different postcolonial ‘relocations’ in cultural and political discourse and highlights the political uncertainties and theoretical fractures that the persistent appeal to Western frameworks of knowledge engenders. This book aligns three white settler nations, namely, Canada, Australia and South Africa, from a socio-political and cultural point of view. It proposes a study of their twin positions as distinctive avatars of postcolonial experience and as illustrative models of a general postcolonial condition. Furthermore, it raises issues of identity and identity politics on the level of literary discourse as well as in terms of national context. The novels of Canadian Michael Ondaatje, Australian David Malouf, and South African Nadine Gordimer present rich thematic parallels; they engage with particular white settler national issues as well as more general postcolonial questions.