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Empire of LanguageToward a Critique of (Post) colonial Expression$
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Laurent Dubreuil

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450563

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450563.001.0001

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The Revenant Phrase

The Revenant Phrase

(p.57) Chapter 3 The Revenant Phrase
Empire of Language

Laurent Dubreuil

, David Fieni
Cornell University Press

This chapter illustrates how the contemporary treatment of immigration is still partially articulated based on the syntax of thought that informed the colonial politics of old. Alongside the multiple agonistic repetitions reprising the split between colonizer and colonized, the chapter evaluates discourses that celebrate métissage—most often called “hybridity” in English—which have grown during the last ten or twenty years. It is with this evocation that the chapter ends the elucidation of haunting exercised even in postcolonial politics. The fact remains that a textual collectivity reestablishes the phrase of possession, helping us to think how to speak from this place without letting the predicted ventriloquism become a reality.

Keywords:   immigration, métissage, hybridity, post-colonial politics, post-colonial possession

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