Week 2 – Ashcroft (1st Ed.); Figures of Colonial Resistance, Sharpe

Two things struck me in this essay: the first is the striking similarity between the description of India/Britain and the rhetoric of the Bush Administration about the “Axis of Evil.” We are freeing the Iraqi’s to civilized, universally celebrated democracy. The second is an individual response, borne out of my desire to learn Spanish. Sharpe struggles with a British judicial officers desire to learn Bengalese and what it means for colonizer/the colonized. What does it speak of us, the Americans, to learn the languages of others, particularly those who are impoverished, pressured, or oppressed by the U.S.? What is the intent? How would a post-colonialism paradigm view this desire?

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~ by Brian Shope on October 7, 2007.

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