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The Event of Postcolonial Shame
Timothy Bewes

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Acknowledgments ix
Prologue 1

Part One: The Form of Shame
Chapter One: Shame as Form 11
Form and Disjunction: A Recent History 15
Primo Levi's The Drowned and the Saved 20
Three Preliminary Theses 23
Postcolonial Shame and the Novel 41

Chapter Two: Shame, Ventriloquy, and the Problem of the Cliché: Caryl Phillips 49
Precipitation of Shame 53
The Materiality of Postcolonial Shame 56
Cambridge and Crossing the River 61
The Poetics of Impossibility 66

Part Two: The Time of Shame
Chapter Three: The Shame of Belatedness: Late Style in V. S. Naipaul 75
Being and Belatedness 78
Late Style in Adorno 82
Liber solemnis: The Enigma of Arrival 87
Crystal of Shame: The Mimic Men 94

Chapter Four: Shame and Revolutionary Betrayal: Joseph Conrad,
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Zoë Wicomb 100
Hegel: Text as Antitext 103
Joseph Conrad: Form as the Evacuation of Form 108
Ngugi wa Thiong'o: The Imminence of Betrayal 115
Zoë Wicomb: The Difference of the Same 123
Alain Badiou: Subtraction versus Realization 128
Part Three: The Event of Shame

Chapter Five: The Event of Shame in J. M. Coetzee 137
The Problem of "Agency" 138
Two Shames in Coetzee 142
Diary of a Bad Year 146
The New Direction 150
Positively White: Slow Man and Corporeal Shame 153

Chapter Six: Shame and Subtraction: Towards Postcolonial Writing 164
The Origins of This Book: Michel Leiris 167
Deleuze and Sartre 169
Subtraction 173
Louis Malle's L'Inde fantôme 178
Towards Postcolonial Writing 187

Notes 193
Index 219

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