How Newness (Not) Comes into the World : Eva Rask Knudsen’s The Circle and the Spiral

Perhaps one of the most remarkable features of postcolonial criticism is its seemingly endless capacity for self-critique. Matching, if not eclipsing, the charges laid against the field by critics of postcoloniahsm, postcolonial critics themselves typically display an acute awareness that the very idea of the postcolonial once again privileges the colonial moment; the postcolonial, so the widespread concern goes, thereby involuntarily replicates the centrality of the colonial, if now pushed behind the 'post'. In a review article of three diverse introductions to postcolonial theory dating from the late 1990s (Childs and Williams, Ghandi, and Moore-Gilbert) for example, Ken Gelder observes that, unlike the pioneering The Empire Writes Back, which arrived with a tone ofjubilation and celebration of the field in 1989, more recent postcolonial critics are anxious to include disclaimers that clearly signal their critical position vis-a-vis the field they (re)present.

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Published 1 October 2006 in Volume 22 No. 4. Subjects: Aboriginal literature, Postcolonial criticism.

Cite as: Drichel, Simone. ‘How Newness (Not) Comes into the World : Eva Rask Knudsen’s The Circle and the Spiral.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 22, no. 4, 2006. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.8834aeec05.