De-Scribing Empire: Post-Colonialism and Textuality by Alan Lawson, Chris Tiffin

By Alan Lawson, Chris Tiffin

De-Scribing Empire is a gorgeous selection of firstclass essays. jointly they study the formative function of books, writing and textuality in imperial regulate and the fashioning of colonial world-views. the quantity as an entire places ahead suggestions for figuring out and neutralising that keep watch over, and as such is an important contribution to the sphere. it will likely be helpful for college kids in post-colonialist feedback.

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The ‘monoglossic’ oppression of the system is a symmetrical binary of the imperial centre. And this, of course, is the ultimate constriction. The hegemony of the absolute always falls short of the continual supplement, the excess, which is the real. Rushdie’s final signified, the catastrophic final linking of the signifier and signified, will only occur at the end of all signification. We are all familiar now with Foucault’s discussion of the emergence of the author-function in ‘What is an author’ (Foucault 1969).

The nationalist view of language, for instance, might suggest that certain words are inherently applicable to place in a way that the imperial language is not. As writers sought to challenge inherited names in Australia, words such as ‘creek’, ‘bush’ and ‘gully’ were coined for topographical features which appeared to have no comparison in the European landscape. But the word ‘creek’, for instance, is not a more inherently appropriate description of an 42 BILL ASHCROFT Australian watercourse than ‘brook’ or ‘stream’.

6). The object, determined by its relation to a horizon, a context, is therefore an object determined in language, as is the very notion of objectivity. The model of the horizon also links space and time because the contextual hor izon initiates a process of traversal by the act of consciousness. 6 Horizon is useful for post-colonialism for a number of reasons. First, it sends the gaze outwards. It operates from a reference point and that reference point is place, indeed the most localized place— the body.

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