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COA professor publishes in Oxford Literary Review

Netta van Vliet, PhDNetta van Vliet, PhDPostcolonial Remainders: Revisiting the Trace from the Standpoint of the Anthropocene, by COA cultural and political anthropology, postcolonial and feminist theory professor Netta van Vliet, responds to Srinivas Aravamudan’s call to revisit the notion of the trace from the standpoint of the Anthropocene.

A Derridean understanding of the trace shows how postcolonial difference challenges the humanist distinction between human and nature by questioning the distinction between life and death that is central to metaphysics. This discussion thus reframes the prospect of extinction signaled by the Anthropocene by means of a return to a Marxist, feminist, psychoanalytic and deconstructive trajectory within postcolonial thought.

Read more in Volume 43, Issue 2 of the Oxford Literary Review.