My argument is relatively straightforward: the almost complete absence of Marxism in biblical postcolonial criticism is a legacy of the wider zone of postcolonial theory itself that has been all too keen to dump Marx. But I also want to show how the gradual forgetting of Marx in postcolonialism and postcolonial theory has distinct ramifications for the engagements with postcolonial theory by biblical critics. So, after outlining the way postcolonial theory has forgotten its own history, a history in which Marxism was the key factor, I select two biblical critics working with postcolonial theory in order not only to make the obvious point about the absence of Marx but also to indicate some of the shortfalls such an absence generates. Finally, I pick up the work of Ernst Bloch in order to locate a more political version of Mikhail Balchtin's widely influential dialogic criticism.
Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: Interdisciplinary Intersections p. 166-183