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Of Irony and Empire
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Of Irony and Empire is a dynamic, thorough examination of Muslim writers from former European colonies in Africa who have increasingly entered into critical conversations with the metropole. Focusing on the period between World War I and the present, “the age of irony,” this book explores the political and symbolic invention of Muslim Africa and its often contradictory representations. Through a critical analysis of irony and resistance in works by writers who come from nomadic areas around the Sahara—Mustapha Tlili (Tunisia), Malika Mokeddem (Algeria), Cheikh Hamidou Kane (Senegal), and Tayeb Salih (Sudan)—Laura Rice offers a fresh perspective that accounts for both the influence of the Western, instrumental imaginary, and the Islamic, holistic one.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Of Irony and Empire
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. 1. Prologue: Of Irony and Empire
  2. pp. 1-44
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  1. 2. African Conscripts/European Conflicts: Race, Memory, and the Lessons of War
  2. pp. 45-77
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  1. 3. Ambiguous Adventure: Reading Cheikh Hamidou Kane
  2. pp. 79-123
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  1. 4. Heimlich Un-Heimlich: Of Home as Heterotopia in Salih, Tlili, and Mokeddem
  2. pp. 125-174
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  1. 5. Epilogue: The Ends of Irony
  2. pp. 175-195
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-206
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 207-223
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-240
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  1. SUNY series, Explorations in Postcolonial Studies
  2. p. 241
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