GENERAL                HISTORY                REGIONS                TOPICS



Post-colonial theory is frequently classified in relation to cultural origin (e.g. Africa, Asia, Caribbean, and the like).  For further information on this, please go to Regions.  Here, however, I have attempted to offer an alternative framework that classifies Non-Western / Post-colonial theorists in relation to contemporary schools of thought.


History of Non-Western Thought / Post-colonial Perspectives on the History of Thought:

Post-colonial Thought by Region:

Topics in Post-colonial Thought:

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Book Series:


  • Anthologies:

    • Colonial Discourse:
    • Post-colonial Theory:
      • Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin, eds.  The Post-colonial Studies Reader.  London: Routledge, 1995.
      • Brydon, Diana, ed.  Postcolonialism: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies.  5 Vols.  London: Routledge, 2000.
      • Castle, Gregory.  Postcolonial Discourses: an Anthology.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.
      • Desai, Gaurav, and Supriya Nair, eds.  Postcolonialisms: an Anthology of Cultural Theory and Criticism.  Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2005.
      • JanMohamed, Abdul, and David Lloyd, eds.  The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse.  Oxford: OUP, 1990. 
      • Mongia, Padmini, ed.  Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: a Reader.  London: Edwin Arnold, 1996.
      • Williams, Patrick, and Laura Chrisman, eds.  Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory.  Hemel Hempstead: Harvester, 1994.
      • Yancy, George, ed.  Philosophy in Multiple Voices.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.
  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Colonial Discourse:
      • Macaulay, Thomas.  "Minute on Indian Education."
    • Post-colonial Theory:
      • Appiah, Kwame Anthony.  "Is the Post- in Postmodernism the Post- in Postcolonial?"  Critical Inquiry 17 (1991): 336-357. Rpt. as "The Postcolonial and the Postmodern."  In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture.  Oxford: OUP, 1992.  137-157.
      • Belich, James.  Replenishing the Earth: the Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-World.  Oxford: OUP, 2009.
      • Dirlik, Arif.  The Postcolonial Aura.  Boulder, CO: Westview, 1997.
      • Dirlik, Arif.  "The Post-colonial Aura: Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism."  Critical Inquiry 20 (1994): 329-356.
      • During, Simon.  "Postcolonialism and Globalisation: a Dialectical Relation After All?"  Postcolonial Studies 1.1. (1998): 31-47.
      • During, Simon.  "Postmodernism or Postcolonialism Today?" Landfall 39 (1985): .  Rpt. in Textual Practice 1.1. (1987): .  Rpt. in Postmodernism: a Reader.  Ed. Thomas Docherty.  Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993.  448-462.
      • Hechter, Michael.  Internal Colonialism: the Celtic Fringe in British National Development, 1536-1966.  London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1975.
      • Hitchcock, Peter.  Dialogics of the Oppressed.  Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, .
      • Hutcheon, Linda.  "The Post Always Rings Twice: the Postmodern and the Postcolonial."  Textual Practice 8 (1994): 205-238.
      • Hutcheon, Linda.  "Circling the Downspout of Empire: Postcolonialism and Postmodernism."  Ariel 20 (1989): 149-75.
      • Kanth, R. K.  Against Eurocentrism: a Transcendent Critique of Modernist Science, Society, and Morals.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
      • Lloyd, David.  "Ethnic Cultures, Minority Discourse and the State."  Colonial Discourse / Postcolonial Theory.  Ed. Francis Barker, et al.  Manchester: Manchester UP, 1994.  221-238.
      • Lloyd, David.  Anomalous States: Irish Writing and the Postcolonial MomentDublin: Lilliput, 1993.
      • Lloyd, David.  "Race Under Representation."  Oxford Literary Review 13 (1991): 62-94.
      • Loomba, Ania.  "Overworldling the ‘Third World.’"  Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory.  Ed. Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman.  New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993.  305-323.
      • Memmi, Albert.  The Colonizer and the Colonized.  1965.
      • Moore-Gilbert, Bart.  "Postcolonialism: Between Nationalitarianism and Globalisation?  A Response to Simon During."  Postcolonial Studies 1.1 (1998): 49-65.
      • Pechey, Graham.  "Bakhtin and the Postcolonial Condition."  Critical Essays on Mikhail Bakhtin.  Ed. Caryl Emerson.  New York: G . K. Hall, 19.  347-354.Yegenoglu, Meyda.  Colonial Fantasies.  Cambridge: CUP, 1998.
      • Solomon, Robert, and Kathleen Higgins, eds.  World Philosophy: a Text With Readings.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994.
      • Venn, Couze.  Occidentalism: Modernity and Subjectivity.  London: Sage, 2000.
      • Venn, Couze.  "History Lessons: Formations of Subjects, (Post)colonialism, and an Other Project."  The Expansion of England: Race, Ethnicity and Cultural History.  Ed. Bill Schwarz.  London: Routledge, 1996.  32-60.




  • Anthologies:

    • Afzal-Khan, Fawzia, and Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, eds.  The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial Studies.  Durham: Duke UP, 2000.  

    • Barker, Francis, Peter Hulme, and Margaret Iversen, eds.  Colonial Discourse / Post-colonial Theory.  Manchester: Manchester UP, 1994.
    • Barker, Francis, et al., eds.  Europe and its Others.  2 Vols.  Colchester: U of Essex, 1985.
    • Benjamin, Thomas, ed.  Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450.  Gale, forthcoming.
    • Buell, Lawrence, Rhonda Cobham Sander, Juan Flores, and Mae G. Henderson, eds.  Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity, and Literature.  Oxford: UP of Mississippi, 2000.
    • Deutsch, Eliot, ed.  An Introduction to World Philosophies.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996.
    • Goldberg, David Theo, and Ato Quayson, eds.  Relocating Postcolonialism.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.
    • Loomba, Ania, Suvir Kaul, Matti Bunzl, Antoinette Burton and Jed Esty, eds.  Postcolonial Studies and Beyond.  New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2006.
    • Rajan, Gita, and Radhika Mohanram, eds.  Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts: Theory and Criticism.  Greenwood, 1995.
    • Schwarz, Henry, and Sangeeta Ray, eds.  A Companion to Postcolonial Studies.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.
    • Trivedi, Harish, and Meenakshi Mukherjee, eds.  Interrogating Post-colonialism: Theory, Text and Context.  Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 1996.
  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Amin, Samir.  Eurocentrism.  New York: Monthly Review, .

    • Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin.  Key Concepts in Post-colonial Studies.  London: Routledge, 1998.

    • Brendon, Piers.  The Rise and Fall of the British Empire.  New York: Knopf, 2008.
    • Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire
    • Childs, Peter, and Patrick Williams.  An Introduction to Post-colonial Theory.  Hassocks: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1997.
    • Cooper, David E.  World Philosophies: an Historical Introduction.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.
    • Deutsch, Eliot, and Ronald Bontekoe, eds.  A Companion to World Philosophies.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.
    • Eldridge, C.C. 
    • Featherstone, Simon.  Postcolonial Cultures.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2005.
    • Gandhi, Leela.  Post-colonial Theory: a Critical Introduction.  New York: Columbia UP, 1998.
    • Howe, Stephen.  Empire: a Very Short Introduction.  Oxford: OUP, 2002.
    • Hyam, Ronald. 
    • Loomba, Ania.  Colonialism / Postcolonialism.  London: Routledge, 1998.
    • Loomba, Ania.  "Overworldling the 'Third World.'"  Oxford Literary Review 13 (1991): .
      • Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: a Reader.  Ed. Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman.  Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993.  305-323.
    • Lowe, Lisa.  Critical Terrains.  
    • MacKenzie, John.  Orientalism: History, Theory and the Arts.  Manchester: Manchester UP, 1995.
    • Maxwell, Anne.  "The Debate on Current Theories of Colonial Discourse."  Kunapipi 13.3 (1991): 70-84.
    • McClintock, Anne.  "The Angels of Progress: Pitfalls of the Term 'Post-colonial.'"  Social Text (1992): 1-15. 
      • Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: a Reader.  Ed. Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman.  Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993.  291-304.
    • McLeod, John.  Beginning Postcolonialism.  Manchester: Manchester UP, 2000.
    • Mishra, Vijay, and Bob Hodge.  "What is Post(-)Colonialism?"  Textual Practice 5.3 (1991): 399-414.
      • Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: a Reader.  Ed. Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman.  Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993.  276-290.
    • Miyoshi, Masao.  "A Borderless World?  From Colonialism to Transnationalism and the Decline of the Nation-State."  Critical Inquiry 19 (1993): 726-751.
    • Moore-Gilbert, Bart.  Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics.  London: Verso, 1997.
    • Osterhammel, Jurgen.  Colonialism: a Theoretical Overview.  Trans. Shelley L. Frisch.  Kingston: Ian Randle, 1997.
    • Pagden, Anthony. European Encounters with the New World: from Renaissance to Romanticism. New Haven: Yale UP, 1993.
    • Pratt, Mary Louise. Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturalism. London: Routledge, 1992.
    • Rukundwa, Lazare S., and Andries G. van Aarde.  "The Formation of Postcolonial Theory." 
    • Scharfstein, Ben-Ami.  A Comparative History of World Philosophy: from the Upanishads to Kant.  Albany: SUNY Press, Albany, 1998.
    • Schwarz, Bill.  "Conquerors of Truth: Reflections on Postcolonial Theory."  The Expansion of England: Race, Ethnicity and Cultural History.  Ed. Bill Schwarz.  London: Routledge, 1996.  9-31.
    • Shohat, Ella.  "Notes on the 'Post-Colonial.'"  The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial Studies.  Ed.  Fawzia Afzal-Khan and Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks.  Durham: Duke UP, 2000.  126-139.
    • Stam, Robert, and Ella Shohat.  "Contested Histories: Eurocentrism, Multiculturalism and the Media."  Multiculturalism: a Critical Reader.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1994.  296-324.
    • Young, Robert J. C.  Postcolonialism: a Very Short Introduction.  Oxford: OUP, 2003.
    • Young, Robert J. C.  Postcolonialism: a Historical Introduction.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.









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