Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burton

Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burton

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By engaging closely with the work of Richard Francis Burton (1821-90), the iconic nineteenth-century imperial spy, explorer, anthropologist and translator, Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burton explores the White Mana€™s a€˜imperial fantasiesa€™, and the ways in which the many metropolitan discourses to which Burton contributed drew upon and reinforced an intimate connection between fantasy and power in the space of Empire. This original study sheds new light on the mechanisms of imperial appropriation and pays particular attention to Burtona€™s relationship with his alter ego, Abdullah, the name by which he famously travelled to Mecca and Medina disguised as a Muslim pilgrim. In this context, Grant also provides insightful readings of a number of Burtona€™s contemporaries, such as MA¼ller, du Chaillu, Darwin and Huxley, and engages with postcolonial and psychoanalytic theory in order to highlight the problematic relationship between the individual and imperialism, and to encourage readers to think about what it means to read colonial history and imperial narrative today.And when the capital title itself becomes a scion, one can no longer choose between the presence or absence of the title.1 The Book When ... Arbuthnot, then serving as Collector for the Indian Civil Service in Bombay, who was eager to share with Burton his discovery of ... an edition of 250 sent to subscribers in seven parts, by The Kama Shastra Society of London and Benares, for private circulation only.

Title:Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burton
Author:Ben Grant
Publisher:Routledge - 2008-11-10


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