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  • This essay proposes a reorientation in postcolonial studies that takes account of the transcultural realities of the viral twenty-first century. This reorientation entails close attention to actual performances, their specific medial embeddedness, and their entanglement in concrete formal or informal material conditions. It suggests that rather than a focus on print and writing favoured by theories in the wake of the linguistic turn, performed lyrics and sounds may be better suited to guide the conceptual work. Accordingly, the essay chooses a classic of early twentieth-century digital music – M.I.A.’s 2003/2005 single “Galang” – as its guiding example. It ultimately leads up to a reflection on what Ravi Sundaram coined as “pirate modernity,” which challenges us to rethink notions of artistic authorship and authority, hegemony and subversion, culture and theory in the postcolonial world of today.

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Author:Lars EcksteinGND
Parent Title (German):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe
Subtitle (English):postcolonial critique for a viral age
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe (119)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2016/10/19
Year of Completion:2016
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2016/10/19
Tag:Galang; Great Britain; M.I.A; Sound; South asian diaspora; music; pirate modernity; postcolonial critique; transculturality
Source:Atlantic studies 13 (2016) Nr. 4, S. 445-456. - DOI: 10.1080/14788810.2016.1216222
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Grantor:Taylor & Francis Open Access Agreement
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, 4.0 International