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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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Who Will Become a Theoretician?

Who Will Become a Theoretician?

(p.181) Chapter 10 Who Will Become a Theoretician?
Empire of Language

Laurent Dubreuil

, David Fieni
Cornell University Press

This chapter advocates a critical excessiveness regarding the colony—the passing of the disciplines through a sieve and to move beyond their defining protocols. It claims the term “indiscipline” to mark the epistemic negativity that results from its methodical formation. Indiscipline is a shareable exigency—a matter of pursuing the critique of the colony all the way into the defection of the postcolonial. From there, the chapter returns to two other discourses that make use of history and literature and can serve as alternative models of literary criticism. From there, the chapter extols the reader to speak anew about the underlying coerciveness of colonialism, in order to move from and beyond it.

Keywords:   critical theory, critical excessiveness, indiscipline, post-colonialism, literary criticism

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