- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 24, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231130198
- ISBN-13: 978-0231130196
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,964,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation
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The book offers a coherent argument against inherited theories of "organismic vitalism"...and evinces the literary idiom of postmodernism.(Choice)
Cheah's text is one of those rare occasions where scholarship and political commitment become supplementary to each other.(Baidik Bhattcharya Interventions)
Cheah does a superb job in outlining the organic and ultimately cultural forms the struggle for freedom has taken.(Gregory Jusdanis Research in African Literatures)
Pheng Cheah traces a constellation of concepts...with confidence(Matthew Scherer MLN)
A rare scholarly achievement, Spectral Nationality adds a critical new dimension to the work from which it draws much of its inspiration, namely Derrida's Spectres of Marx. Cheah's exemplary account of the development of organicism from Kant through Marx will doubtless change the manner in which this difficult and delicate topic will henceforth be discussed.(Peter Fenves, professor of German and comparative literature, Northwestern University)
Pheng Cheah has written an important book that will genuinely stir up productive discussion, breathe new life into postcolonial discourse, and raise the subject to a new and necessary level of serious engagement.(Harry Harootunian, professor of history and director of East Asian studies, New York University, and author of History's Disquiet)
Pheng Cheah's stimulating contribution to postcolonial studies stands out on two counts: for the sustained attention it gives to European thought and for shifting the focus of the discussion to Southeast Asia and Kenya. It is the combination of these two elements that gives Spectral Nationality its distinctive vigor and merit.(Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)
Spectral Nationality is a beautiful and startling book. It is dazzlingly, relentlessly erudite, but also remarkably clear and simple in its focus: how freedom has been pursued in the past and how we can best realize it today. This is an extremely important intellectual and political project.(Michael Hardt, associate professor of literature and Romance studies, Duke University, and coauthor of Empire)
Elegantly argued, original, and deeply insightful, Pheng Cheah's new book situates nationalism at the heart of the Western intellectual tradition. Its examination of organicism shows this to be anything but an innocent metaphor. Philosophy's dualisms did not remain stable, and Western philosophy did not stay at home. Cheah brilliantly shows how its implications intertwined with different material circumstances and cultural traditions in postcolonial Asia and Africa. Bildung and Bandung were not quite worlds apart. A must read.(Craig Calhoun, professor of sociology, New York University, and president of the Social Science Research Council)
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