|Colonial and Post-Colonial Encounters
edited by Niaz Zaman, Firdous Azim and Shawkat Hussain
ISBN 984 05 1475 0 1999 238pp 215x136mm HB Tk.400.00 US$25.00
Literature has been radically transformed since the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism in 1978 and is veering towards what is becoming better known as cultural studies. Said’s seminal work led to a heightened consciousness about the need to reexamine texts from colonial archives and the importance of situating ourselves in a post-colonial world still struggling to dispel traces of colonialism. The essays in Colonial and Post-Colonial Encounters discuss the influence both direct and indirect, of Edward Said.
Among other issues discussed in this volume are "post-coloniality," identity forming, and writings by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossein, George Orwell, Salman Rushdie, Shashi Tharoor, Amitav Ghosh. Papers on art and architecture from colonial times to contemporary Bangladesh are also included this volume which forms a valuable addition to contemporary discussions on post-colonialism.
Niaz Zaman is Professor and Chairperson of English, University of Dhaka. Her areas of interest include drama, American and Commonwealth literature, and folk life studies. Her published work includes The Art of Kantha Embroidery, a book on women’s folk art, A Divided Legacy, and The Dance and Other Stories. She is editor of Selected Short Stories from Bangladesh and co-editor of Other Englishes: Essays on Commonwealth Writing, Infinity Variety: Women in Society and Literature, Migrants, Migration and the United States. She was Editor of the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies from 1994-1998.
Firdous Azim is Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka. Her main interests are in feminist and colonial literary criticism. She is the author of The Colonial Rise of the Novel. She is co-editor of Other Englishes: Essays on Commonwealth Writing; Infinite Variety: Women in Society and Literature and Different Perspectives.
Shawkat Hussain is Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka. His main interests are Victorian Literature, Shakespeare and South Asian Literature in English. He is co-editor of Other Englishes: Essays on Commonwealth Writing and was Associate Editor of Dhaka University of Studies (journal of the Faculty of Arts).