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Young, Robert J. C.


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


Robert J. C. Young (b. 1950 in Hertfordshire, UK) is an eminent British cultural critic and postcolonial theorist. Recently elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (2013), he is widely accredited with instituting postcolonial studies as a discrete methodological and philosophical field. In his early and seminal work, White Mythologies: Writing History and the West (1990), Young established how accounts of “world history” within Western philosophical analyses are typically Eurocentric. By juxtaposing up-and-coming postcolonial theorists (Said, Spivak, and Bhabha) alongside iconographic Western philosophers (Marx, Sartre, and Foucault), Young effectively asserts the potential of postcolonial theory as an alternative, innovative, and non-Eurocentric interpretation of colonial pasts and current global realities. Much of Young's work actively embraces resistance to oppression and promotes transnational solidarity; he suggests, specifically, that a redress of postcolonial violence is impossible if we do not address global injustice. Educated at the University of Oxford (BA, 1972; MA, 1977; DPhil, 1979), Young continued to be closely associated with the university as a Professor of English and Critical Theory in the Faculty of English and as a fellow of Wadham College until 2005. He is a founding editor of The Oxford Literary Review (established 1977), a journal exploring ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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