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The Theoretical Location Of Postcolonial Studies

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No academic discipline comes from nowhere. This is especially noticeable for a field like postcolonial studies and other subjects in the so called 'margins'. In order to trace and define this locus it is important to understand in which episteme, and where in the episteme, the discipline belongs. Only then may the overarching theoretical origins and foundations of the field be found. This chapter begins this 'epistemic search' with a discussion of the postcolonial phenomenon. Then it proceeds to define some important terms used to describe the postcolonial phenomenon. Finally, the chapter gives a definition of the episteme followed by the localisation of New Testament exegesis within the realities in which postcolonial studies exist. It attempts at defining the theoretical location of postcolonial studies in the broader context of biblical exegesis on the one hand and postcolonialism and postmodernism on the other.

Keywords: episteme; New Testament exegesis; postcolonial studies; postmodernism; theoretical location



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