Archive for November, 2020

Abstract: Towards the elaboration of a literary history of loving biopower, I compare two novels from dramatically different historical and geographical settings—Jack London’s White Fang (1906) and J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999). Comparing two stories that bookend the twentieth century, I trace how fictions of human-animal love and the literary productions of animal affect are imbricated in settler-colonialism, particularly the […]

Abstract: Irish-Pakeha (a European New Zealander of Irish descent) is a settler identity that embodies ancestral relations with forebears and homelands as well as a relationship with Maori, the Indigenous Peoples of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Being of Irish descent carries multiple meanings that can nourish a sense of identity, a sense of belonging, and significant relationships. […]

Abstract: This article explores the value of theorising about colonialism that is specific rather than universal, informed by our locations in colonial struggles and driven by engagement with our continuing material colonial relationships with land, place and people. We do this by examining recent scholarly engagements with our contemporary precarious global economic and environmental conditions, […]

Excerpt: Logan’s speech went viral by eighteenth century standards; it was reprinted in newspapers across the country and admired for its tragic eloquence. Its popularity and resonance among white colonialists illustrate a defining aspect of settler storytelling: an acknowledgement of the injustice of Indian killing alongside an affirmation of its inevitability and salience as a […]

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Excerpt: This chapter approaches Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark (1915), The Professor’s House (1925), and Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) as case studies of settler colonial discourse.

Abstract: In this paper, I situate the Covid-19 pandemic within a longer historical context in Canada. I argue that settler colonial state has produced the conditions in which certain (white) lives are valued, protected, and nourished while other lives (Indigenous/ Chinese) are left to die. I make this argument by focusing on two examples: the […]

Excerpt: John Mulgan’s Man Alone (1939) is a classic of New Zealand literature. Guido Morselli’s Il comunista (published posthumously in 1976 but written in 1964-65) was recently translated into English as The Communist and released as part of the NYRB Classics Series. Man Alone tells the story of an English World War One veteran’s migration […]

Abstract: How might analysis of Argentina, its history and social relations, complicate and enrich our understanding of settler colonialism? This is the key question that drives this article which explores four of the conceptual foundations that underpin settler colonial theory: the labour/land distinction; terra nullius; the black/slavery category; and the settler/native binary. From these, four key […]

Abstract: This article addresses the dynamics of political and social continuity and change in Portuguese late colonialism after 1945. By focusing on the 1961 and 1962 imperial reforms, three main arguments are put forward. First, that only by analytically incorporating international and transnational dimensions the Portuguese protracted trajectory of imperial demise can be fully grasped. […]