oa Alternation - An Act of Bridging?

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In Rob Nixon's contribution to the edited collection, Text, Theory, Space: Land, Literature and History in South Africa and Australia, the writer Bessie Head is descriptionbed as having been engaged in an 'iconoclastic act of geographical and historical bridging' (p. 252). In thinking about the collection as a whole, I have found this a fruitful phrase. Can the publication of Text, Theory, Space itself be said to constitute such an act? Is post-colonial studies itself not perhaps an 'iconoclastic act of geographical and historical bridging'? And if it is, what is the new position of the older disciplines that are gestured at in the phrase-that is, geography and history? Does post-colonial studies represent a meltdown of disciplinary boundaries, or is it more akin to a conversation between disciplines? How are these issues played out in the pages of the volume under review?

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