Week 4 – Ashcroft (1st Ed.): The Myth of Authenticity; Gareth Griffiths

What a difficult truth:  that the oppressive discourse would use the language of authentic in it’s description of the subaltern in the further work of holding violent power of the colonized.  I have often struggled myself, in approaching those who have been the victim of empire, to know how to interact and engage in conversation without “othering” or contributing to the further oppression of the colonized.  I wonder if our best posture is a humble silence with open hands when engaging the other, signifying our own place of violent othering and universalizing we have participated in.

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~ by Brian Shope on October 19, 2007.

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