Week 4 – Sugirtharajah, Berquist

Perhaps I’ve misunderstood Berquist’s definition of terms or line of thinking in his Post-Colonial & Imperial Motives essay, but I don’t agree with his parenthetical statement that “texts do not have ideologies”. (88) Particularly in a colonized peoples, the texts offered by the empire are ideological or they the foundation of post-colonial discourse would crumble. Further, the text’s of those who are colonized contain ideologies, or at least they are founded on ideological structures. Take the preamble of the constitution as a document out of a colony: although the ideals contained within may often be reduced to political rhetoric by government officials, they no less form the minds, hearts, values, and worldview of those who participate under its umbrella.

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~ by Brian Shope on October 14, 2007.

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