By Natalie Melas
This ebook is set tradition and comparability. beginning with the heritage of the self-discipline of comparative literature and its forgotten relation to the positivist comparative approach, it inquires into the belief of comparability in a postcolonial global. comparability used to be Eurocentric by way of exclusion while it utilized basically to eu literature, and Eurocentric through discrimination whilst it tailored evolutionary versions to put ecu literature on the leading edge of human improvement. This e-book argues that inclusiveness isn't a adequate reaction to postcolonial and multiculturalist demanding situations since it leaves the foundation of equivalence unquestioned. the purpose isn't just to carry extra items less than comparability, yet really to check the method of comparability. The booklet bargains a brand new method of the either/or of relativism and universalism, within which comparability is both most unlikely or assimilatory, by means of focusing in its place on a number of types of “incommensurability”—comparisons during which there's a floor for comparability yet no foundation for equivalence. each one bankruptcy develops a selected kind of such cultural comparability from readings of vital novelists (Joseph Conrad, Simone Schwartz-Bart), poets (Aimé Césaire, Derek Walcott), and theorists (Edouard Glissant, Jean-Luc Nancy).
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Jefferson’s Enlightenment fantasy of absorption reveals a kind of “racial cannibalism” wherein whites gain land etc. ” 8 Over a hundred years after the death of the historical Pocahontas, her mythical function as an eroticized political broker endured in the legislative acts of both the United States and Mexico, which fashioned interracial marriage into a political tool, especially in areas that were sparsely populated or that might otherwise be subject to foreign invasion and colonization. 9 Historian David J.
Albert Hurtado reads this passage as protecting not only Olive’s virginity but the purity of the Mohaves as well (71). Repeated themes of polite decorum and civility cautioned against a certain line of questioning and against treatment of Olive as an oddity on display: The lady-like deportment of Miss Oatman, her pleasing manners and amiable disposition, are the wonder and remark of all who see her. She fully realises that she is an object of curiousity, and . . has more delicacy than many who, although they may pretend to the usual question of politeness and civility, rush to see her and stare at her, with about as much sense of feeling as they would in a show of wild animals.
When it falls to the ground, the ﬁgure revealed is that of a “little girl very black indeed” (16). Lola’s shawl, and the bizarre striptease regarding her racial identity that accompanies both its removal and the eventual fading of her skin dye, are quite sharply juxtaposed by accounts of Olive’s scant clothing and humility when returned to Fort Yuma. 0pt ——— Normal PgEnds: , (10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 inﬂected as white.
All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison by Natalie Melas