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Empire of Language: Toward a Critique of (Post) colonial Expression

Laurent Dubreuil


The relationship between power and language has been a central theme in critical theory for decades now, yet there is still much to be learned about the sheer force of language in the world in which we live. This book explores the power-language phenomenon in the context of European and, particularly, French colonialism and its aftermath. Through readings of the colonial experience, it isolates a phraseology based on possession, in terms of both appropriation and haunting, that has persisted throughout the centuries. Not only is this phraseology a legacy of the past, it is still active today, ... More

Keywords: power, language, critical theory, power-language, French colonialism, European colonialism, European languages, postcolonial scholarship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450563
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurent Dubreuil, author
Cornell University