Empire of Language: Toward a Critique of (Post)colonial by Laurent Dubreuil,David Fieni

By Laurent Dubreuil,David Fieni

The dating among energy and language has been a valuable topic in serious thought for many years now, but there's nonetheless a lot to be realized concerning the sheer strength of language on the earth during which we are living. In Empire of Language, Laurent Dubreuil explores the power-language phenomenon within the context of eu and, rather, French colonialism and its aftermath. via readings of the colonial event, he isolates a phrasing according to ownership, by way of either appropriation and haunting, that has endured during the centuries. not just is that this phrasing a legacy of the earlier, it really is nonetheless energetic this present day, specifically in literary renderings of the colonial experience-but additionally, and extra sarcastically, in anticolonial discourse. This word formed the instructing of ecu languages within the (former) empires, and it attempted to configure the use of these idioms via the "Indigenes." Then, scholarly disciplines need to thoroughly think again their discursive thoughts concerning the colonial, if, not less than, they try and communicate up.

Dubreuil levels extensively by way of time and area, from the ancien régime during the 20th century, from Paris to Haiti to Quebec, from the Renaissance to the riots within the banlieues. He examines diversified texts, from political speeches, felony files, and colonial treatises to anthropological essays, poems of the Négritude, and modern rap, ever attuned to the linguistic techniques that undergird colonial energy. both accustomed to either postcolonial feedback and poststructuralist scholarship on language, but in addition deeply grounded within the sociohistorical context of the colonies, Dubreuil units forth the stipulations for an authentically postcolonial scholarship, one who recognizes the trouble of having past a colonialism-and nonetheless keeps the necessity for an afterward.

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