This is the first collection of essays bringing together Deleuzian philosophy and postcolonial theory. Bignall and Patton assemble some of the world's leading figures in these fields - including Reda Bensmaia, Timothy Bewes, Rey Chow, Philip Leonard, Nick Nesbitt, John K. Noyes, Patricia Pisters, Marcelo Svirsky and Simon Tormey - to explore rich linkages between two previously unrelated areas of study. They deal with colonial and postcolonial social, cultural and political issues in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia and Palestine. Topics include colonial government, nation building and ethics in the contemporary context of globalisation and decolonisation; issues relating to resistance, transformation and agency; and questions of 'representation' and discursive power as practiced through postcolonial art, cinema and literature. This book constitutes a timely intervention to debates in poststructuralist, postcolonial and postmodern studies. It will be of interest to students in cultural studies, cinema and film studies, languages and literature, political and postcolonial studies, critical theory, social and political philosophy.
Simone Bignall is an adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She has published widely on issues concerning colonialism and postcolonialism. She is the author of Postcolonial Agency (2010) and the co-editor, with Paul Patton, of Deleuze and the Postcolonial (2010), both published by Edinburgh University Press. Paul Patton is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Deleuze and the Political (Routledge, 2005), is the editor of Deleuze: A Critical Reader (Blackwell, 1996) and co-editor with John Protevi of Between Deleuze and Derrida (Continuum, 2003). He has contributed to a number of our published titles on Deleuze including The Deleuze Dictionary, Deleuze and the Social, The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. He also translated Gilles Deleuze's key philosophical work Difference and Repetition in 1994.