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Extra resources for Cultural Studies Issue 10:1: Controversies in Cultural Studies
The rocks on which the fantasy of a globalized, universal modernity foundered were the actual, irreducible cultural differences which the modern project wished to eradicate but found itself unable to. Nevertheless, the project of modernity did not fail completely. After all, it produced the structural framework, the fundamental infrastructure, of the world we now live in: a global capitalist world, carved up into distinct nation-states, but tightly interconnected through trade, a strict system of ‘international relations’ and, not least, an increasingly complex global communications network.
The most controversial ‘dialogue’, or should I say monologue, took place at the heart of a ‘transnational cultural studies’—Public Culture (1993), where a committed Marxist intellectual was bashed. Aijaz Ahmad (1992) in his book, In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures, critically engages a wide range of relevant issues such as ‘Third World Literature’, ‘Languages of Class’, and most importantly Three Worlds Theory’; in the process, Jameson, Rushdie and Said, in separate chapters, were polemically read.
At this point however we want to suggest that while postcolonial theory has an important use as a way of understanding ‘Australia’—and many other countries also—it tends to leave unproblematized the project of national identity itself. This produces many elisions, both conceptual and practical. We will go on to discuss some of the conceptual elisions, however it is worth just mentioning one of the practical elisions. Australian cultural studies pays little attention to the question of regional distinctiveness.