The Creolization of Theory

The Creolization of Theory

By: She-Mei Shih (editor), Francoise Lionnet (editor)Paperback

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Introducing this collection of essays, Francoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih argue that looking back-investigating the historical, intellectual, and political entanglements of contemporary academic disciplines-offers a way for scholars in the humanities to move critical debates forward. They describe how disciplines or methodologies that seem distinct today emerged from overlapping intellectual and political currents in the 1960s and early 1970s, in the era of decolonization, the U.S. civil rights movement, and antiwar activism. While both American ethnic studies programs and "French theory" originated in decolonial impulses, over time, French theory became depoliticized in the American academy. Meanwhile, ethnic studies, and later also postcolonial studies, developed politically and historically grounded critiques of inequality. Suggesting that the abstract universalisms of Euro-American theory may ultimately be the source of its demise, Lionnet and Shih advocate the creolization of theory: the development of a reciprocal, relational, and intersectional critical approach attentive to the legacies of colonialism. This use of creolization as a theoretical and analytical rubric is placed in critical context by Dominique Chance, who provides a genealogy of the concept of creolization. In their essays, leading figures in their fields explore the intellectual, disciplinary, and ethical implications of the creolized theory elaborated by Lionnet and Shih. Edouard Glisssant links the extremes of globalization to those of colonialism and imperialism in an interview appearing for the first time in English in this volume. The Creolization of Theory is a bold intervention in debates about the role of theory in the humanities. Contributors. Etienne Balibar, Dominique Chance, Pheng Cheah, Leo Ching, Liz Constable, Anne Donadey, Fatima El-Tayeb, Julin Everett, Edouard Glissant, Barnor Hesse, Ping-hui Liao, Francoise Lionnet, Walter Mignolo, Andrea Schwieger Hiepko, Shu-mei Shih

About Author

Francoise Lionnet is Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Comparative Literature, and Women's Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Shu-mei Shih is Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Lionnet and Shih are co-directors of the "Cultures in Transnational Perspective" Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Humanities at UCLA and co-editors of Minor Transnationalism, also published by Duke University Press.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction: The Creolization of Theory / Shu-mei Shih and Francoise Lionnet 1 Part 1. Creolizing Methodologies 1. Symptomatically Black: A Creolization of the Political / Barnor Hesse 37 2. Postslavery and Postcolonial Representations: Comparative Approaches / Anne Donadey 62 3. Crises of Money / Pheng Cheah 83 4. Material Histories of Transcolonial Loss: Creolizing Psychoanalytic Theories of Melancholia? / Liz Constable 112 5. From Multicultural to Creole Subjects: David Henry Hwang's Collaborative Works with Philip Glass / Ping-hui Liao 142 Part 2. Epistemological Locations 6. I Am Where I Think: Remapping the Order of Knowing / Walter Mignolo 159 7. Taiwan in Modernity/Coloniality: Orphan of Asia and the Colonial Difference / Leo Ching 193 8. Toward a Diasporic Citizen? From Internationalism to Cosmopolitics / Etienne Balibar 207 9. "The Forces of Creolization": Colorblindness and Visible Minorities in the New Europe / Fatima El-Tayeb 226 Part 3. Appendix A. Europe and the Antilles: An Interview with Edouard Glissant / Andrea Schwieger Hiepko (Translated by Julin Everett) 255 B. Creolization: Definition and Critique / Dominique Chance (Translated by Julin Everett) 262 References 269 Contributors 293 Index 297

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  • ISBN13: 9780822348467
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
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  • ISBN10: 0822348462

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