Assia Djebar

Current Issue

New Series:
V4 N 2
Fall 2016


Assia Djebar at the Académie Française: Performing Legacy and Memory - pp. 3-54
by Kamal Salhi

Interrogating the Book of Terror: Pauline Melville’s Eating Air - pp. 55-67
by Kathleen Renk

Mythical Archives: Epistolary Performance of an Imperial Tragedy - pp. 68-84
by Nida Sajid

“His Blood Was Pure English”: Border Anxiety, Race, and Mimicry in Post-Imperial Mutiny Fiction - pp. 85-100
by Shumona Dasgupta

Teaching the Postcolonial: Theory and Pedagogy World Literature in the Classroom: Some Pedagogical Considerations - pp. 101-116
by Aruna Krishnamurthy


by Lopamudra Basu

Nine Poems from HIRAETH: Tercets From the Last Archipelago
by Eileen Tabios

Book Review Essays

“Migrating Peoples and Ideas in Contemporary Drama” - pp. 137-145
by Laureano Corces

Gad Guterman, Performance, Identity, and Immigration Law: A Theatre of Undocumentedness
Bernard Reitz and Alyce von Rothkirch, Crossing Borders: Intercultural Drama and Theatre at the Turn of the Millennium
Silvija Jestrovic and Yana Meerzon, Performance, Exile and "America"

“Commodification, Literary Cosmopolitics, and World Englishes: Towards a ‘Transgressive Theory’ of Postcolonialism” - pp. 146-154
by Robert Kusek and Wojciech Szymaʼnski

Rainer Emig and Oliver Lindner, eds, Commodifying (Post)Colonialism: Othering, Reification, Commodification and the New Literatures and Cultures in English
Weihsin Gui, National Consciousness and Literary Cosmopolitics: Postcolonial Literature in a Global Moment
David Huddart, Involuntary Associations: Postcolonial Studies and World Englishes

Book Review

Smaro Kamboureli and Christl Verduyn, eds, Critical Collaborations: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies - pp. 155-161
by Elaine Savory


CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Post-Colonial Nostalgia

Simon Lewis and Giusi Russo, guest editors of The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies are seeking manuscript submissions for a special issue on post-colonial nostalgia to be published in the spring of 2019.

During the Rio Olympic Games of 2016 a conservative British MP tweeted a map of the British Empire along with the words “Empire goes for gold.” This is only one example of how recent events have prompted some in the west to recall tropes and narratives of empires with a sense of longing for a supposedly better past. The British vote in favor of “Brexit” along with the French presidential election’s debate on how to unconditionally love the French past highlighted the enduring power of imperialist discourse and the contentious politics of the ways in which empire is remembered and invoked. In some European instances similar tropes permeate the longings of the once-colonized as well as the former colonizer.

The current political situation in the US has also drawn attention to the problematic nature of appeals to nostalgia by revealing how a desire to "return" to a past marked by racial and gendered hierarchies can be deployed in an effort to deny democratic progress. While references to empire in US rhetoric may be less explicit than in European cases, the past is similarly re-presented as a moment of order, of clarity, and opulence.

The special issue of The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies “On post-colonial nostalgia” seeks to explore the relationship between contemporary history and the melancholy of empire, the specificities of this type of remembering, the position of who remembers vis-à-vis imperial and colonial administrations, and the modalities of remembrance.

The editors will consider contributions in the humanities and social sciences that reflect on the following questions:
  • What is it about the post-colonial present that creates the longing for empire?
  • What is the purpose of post-colonial nostalgia and “whose nostalgia” is present in the public sphere?
  • What is the place of violence and suppression of democracy in the personal and public memories of empires?
  • How does nostalgia manifest itself in high/elite culture, and in popular culture, respectively?
  • Can nostalgia ever be positive and represent resistance to present oppressive circumstances?
Contributions to the Field:

“On Post-colonial Nostalgia” contributes to the field of colonial and post-colonial studies by analyzing the intersections between the history of empires and the history of the present. The modalities and purposes of nostalgia confirm the centrality of the relationship between empires, politics, and everyday life. Nostalgia also represents a continuum in the history of colonialism and challenges the notions of end of empires. Decolonization may have ended formal empires, but discursive norms have continued to wield powerful influence, manifesting themselves in new-old forms with different longings at different times.

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2017

Submission Instructions:

Manuscripts of c. 5,000 words and following MLA guidelines for formatting should be submitted by November 1st 2017 according to the Journal’s guidelines on the submissions page on this site.

Preliminary ideas and/or complete articles can be submitted to the guest editors at:

Simon Lewis, English Department, College of Charleston,

Giusi Russo, History Department, Montgomery County Community College,

Now in its twenty-sixth year, the Journal looks for manuscripts which address the fluidity of postcolonial, transnational, diaspora, or cosmopolitan studies. We seek to publish work in both thematic (migration, diaspora studies, etc.) and geographic (Eurabia, South Asia, etc.) areas:

  • Bioethics, Ecology, and Ecocriticism
  • Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
  • Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
  • Literature, Arts, and the Media
  • History and Historiography
  • War and Terrorism
  • Race, Racism, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity
  • Ethics, Economics, and Globalization
  • Pedagogy and the Disciplines
  • Intersections of Francophone and Anglophone Literatures
  • Postcolonial and the Transnational Literatures
  • Liberation literature from Africa
  • Health and Wellness
  • North (excluding the USA), Central, and South America
  • Europe (Fortress Europe, Eurabia, Londonistan, Ireland)
  • South Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)
  • Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Black Atlantic)
  • The Middle East
  • Australia and Oceania

Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth of nations, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers.

Our usual publication process is to alternate one open number with one focused special edition. A glance at our Contents archive will illustrate this process.