Colonial Memory

Contemporary Women’s Travel Writing in Britain and The Netherlands

Sarah De Mul

Colonial Memory
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Sarah De Mul

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180 pages | 8 1/2 x 9 1/4 | © 2011
Paper $54.95 ISBN: 9789089642936 Published November 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Exploring the intersections of memory, gender, and the postcolonial, Colonial Memory explores the phenomenon of colonial memory through the specific genre of women’s travel writing. Building on criticism of memory and travel writing, Sarah De Mul seeks to open Dutch literature to postcolonial themes and concepts and to insert the history of the Dutch colonies and its critical recollection into the traditionally Anglophone-dominated field of postcolonial studies.

“A vividly conceived and theoretically astute reading of the complicated weavings between the past and present involved in memory work and the process of nostalgic return.”—Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford
Contents
Acknowledgements

Introduction: ‘Yesterday does not go by’
Chapter 1: A trip down memory lane. Colonial memory in women’s travel writing
Chapter 2: Women’s memory of Rhodesia, the Dutch East Indies and Dutch and British cultures of colonial remembrance
Chapter 3: Nostalgic memory in Aya Zikken’s Terug naar de atlasvlinder
Chapter 4: Indo postmemory in Marion Bloem’s Muggen Mensen Olifanten
Chapter 5: Everyday memory in Doris Lessing’s African laughter. Four visits to Zimbabwe
Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index
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