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1. Hu, Pei-Ling, 1977-. Post-decolonization secession: the right of self-determination and the nation-state in contemporary postcolonial/world literature.

Degree: PhD, Literatures in English, 2014, Rutgers University

This dissertation presents the phenomenon of post-decolonization secession and its literature as important new topic and genre for postcolonial studies. It draws on legal documents from international law, human rights law and UN doctrines to examine the paradox within the presumably inalienable, yet context-confined, right of peoples to self-determination. Although in UN’s 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, the first introduction of the right of self-determination in international law, it was set up to be the right of all peoples, it is only practiced as a binding, legal right in the context of decolonization. The UN-assisted decolonization process insists that self-determination happen along colonial borders, and newly independent postcolonial states inherit colonial territories. Postcolonial independence achieved in this manner retains the racial fault lines from the colonial era, which facilitates the reenactment of the dialectics of the settler and the native, hindering the development of a sense of national consciousness. This dissertation reads post-decolonization secession as delayed decolonization endeavor emerging out of strong (ethno)nationalist sentiment. It argues that post-decolonization secession lays bare the conditions and terms of the decolonization process, and of becoming/being postcolonial itself. This study discusses four post-decolonization secession movements—Biafra/Nigeria, Gorkhaland/India, Tamil Eelam/Sri Lanka, and South Sudan/Sudan—alongside five secession literary texts: Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country, Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss, Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost and Dave Eggers’s What Is the What. It traces the evolution of the concept of the self-determination right after 1960 and the world’s changing response to these secession crises in postcolonial regions. The literature not only bears testimony to these shifts but also examines aspects of the situation that the political and legal processes cannot resolve. While politically and legally, secession aspiration is always conflated with state-building, secession literature reminds us that secession movements are first and foremost anti-state projects, especially in the post-decolonization context. Secession literature dwells on this anti-state sentiment and pre-state phase, and suggests “non-state nationalism” as an alternative mode of a people’s political being and a new type of sovereignty.

Advisors/Committee Members: Dienst, Richard (chair), Stephens, Michelle Ann (internal member), Robolin, Stéphane (internal member), Wong, Edlie L. (outside member).

Subjects/Keywords: Decolonization; Secession

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APA (6th Edition):

Hu, Pei-Ling, 1. (2014). Post-decolonization secession: the right of self-determination and the nation-state in contemporary postcolonial/world literature. (Doctoral Dissertation). Rutgers University. Retrieved from https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/45291/

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Hu, Pei-Ling, 1977-. “Post-decolonization secession: the right of self-determination and the nation-state in contemporary postcolonial/world literature.” 2014. Doctoral Dissertation, Rutgers University. Accessed July 02, 2020. https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/45291/.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Hu, Pei-Ling, 1977-. “Post-decolonization secession: the right of self-determination and the nation-state in contemporary postcolonial/world literature.” 2014. Web. 02 Jul 2020.

Vancouver:

Hu, Pei-Ling 1. Post-decolonization secession: the right of self-determination and the nation-state in contemporary postcolonial/world literature. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Rutgers University; 2014. [cited 2020 Jul 02]. Available from: https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/45291/.

Council of Science Editors:

Hu, Pei-Ling 1. Post-decolonization secession: the right of self-determination and the nation-state in contemporary postcolonial/world literature. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Rutgers University; 2014. Available from: https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/45291/


Rutgers University

2. Martínez, Enmanuel, 1989-. The archipelago and the archive: transnational archival modes and mediums in Caribbean literatures and states.

Degree: PhD, Caribbean literature, 2019, Rutgers University

While the archival turn in the Humanities has, by and large, focused on metaphysical conceptualizations of archives, the field of Archival Science privileges the study of the physical characteristics and material importance of our modern archival records and repositories. Both assume the nation-state and continental frameworks as their units of analysis. My dissertation, drawing on (Spanish, Anglophone, and Francophone) Caribbean literature, history, and politics, thus attends to ways that Afro-Caribbean and Caribbean diasporic narratives representing (trans)national archival practices illustrate archipelagic and decolonial conceptions of archiving and diasporic belonging; which I find capable of bridging the material/metaphysical, national/transnational, together with insular/continental interruptions that characterize modern archival theory and practice in the Humanities and beyond. Drawing on an assemblage of literary, historical, legal, visual, and scientific texts, including the crónicas of conquest from the early colonial period in the Americas, the drama of William Shakespeare and Simone Schwarz-Bart, fiction by Andrew Holleran, Tiphanie Yanique, and Junot Díaz, nonfiction by Jamaica Kincaid, and archival video footage of the U.S. National Archives Building, I formulate a theory of the coloniality of modern archival power; showing how the legacies of the global history of European colonization—starting with(in) the Caribbean archipelago—continue to shape our archival imaginaries, records, and repositories today in the era of postcoloniality. In all, the broader intellectual contributions of the project are twofold. The Archipelago and the Archive demonstrates the value of Comparative Literature to the field of Island Studies, the latter of which has, until more recently, overlooked the methodological contributions of literary analysis in favor of quantitative and qualitative Social Science research methods. Second, the dissertation foregrounds the role that archipelagic and decolonial frameworks of analysis play in efforts to understand the respective histories of Western modernity, the modern nation-state, and the modern (national) archive and how the three, together, consolidate in the crossing of archival power and the coloniality of power. Engaging with the archipelagic staging of modernity’s war paradigm in William Shakespeare’s final play The Tempest (1611), chapter one asserts that the transnational history of nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. imperialism abroad in the Caribbean contributes to the domestic history of the U.S. National Archive building in Washington, D.C. established in 1934. Shifting from chapter one's consideration of the physical space of the modern (national) archive, chapter two turns, instead, to an analysis of the coloniality of archival power through a close reading of the archival imaginary in Andrew Holleran's debut novel Dancer from the Dance (1978). I argue that the canonical Dancer articulates a literary archive of gay 1970s NYC evidencing the insular sites and sights of… Advisors/Committee Members: Martinez-San Miguel, Yolanda (chair), Maldonado-Torres, Nelson (internal member), Sifuentes-Jauregui, Ben (internal member), Stephens, Michelle Ann (outside member), School of Graduate Studies.

Subjects/Keywords: Comparative Literature; Caribbean Area  – Colonial influence; Archives  – United States; Archives  – Caribbean Area

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APA (6th Edition):

Martínez, Enmanuel, 1. (2019). The archipelago and the archive: transnational archival modes and mediums in Caribbean literatures and states. (Doctoral Dissertation). Rutgers University. Retrieved from https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/60890/

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Martínez, Enmanuel, 1989-. “The archipelago and the archive: transnational archival modes and mediums in Caribbean literatures and states.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, Rutgers University. Accessed July 02, 2020. https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/60890/.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Martínez, Enmanuel, 1989-. “The archipelago and the archive: transnational archival modes and mediums in Caribbean literatures and states.” 2019. Web. 02 Jul 2020.

Vancouver:

Martínez, Enmanuel 1. The archipelago and the archive: transnational archival modes and mediums in Caribbean literatures and states. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Rutgers University; 2019. [cited 2020 Jul 02]. Available from: https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/60890/.

Council of Science Editors:

Martínez, Enmanuel 1. The archipelago and the archive: transnational archival modes and mediums in Caribbean literatures and states. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Rutgers University; 2019. Available from: https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/60890/

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