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date: 21 November 2019

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This article comments on the lack of unity among scholars of postcolonial studies, arguing that the field is suffering from an identity crisis as its proponents continue to insist on their own disciplinary structures. It considers the suggestion that postcolonialism might usefully be characterized as “a combination of revisionisms” or as a “radical undoing of modernity,” as well as the notion that postcolonial studies is grounded in a principle of critical refusal, of “unquestioned identification” of any kind. It describes the tendency of scholars to critique postcolonial studies in relation to other studies, such as those of globalization, migrancy, diaspora, cosmopolitanism, subalternity, race, or popular culture. It contends that “postcolonial studies” is an omnibus term for what was always a fractious and disruptive set of scholarly practices. Finally, it expects postcolonial critical thought to continue to transform the academy and refuse to submit to methodological singularity.

Keywords: postcolonial studies, postcolonialism, modernity, globalization, migrancy, diaspora, cosmopolitanism, subalternity, race, popular culture

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