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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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After the Afterward

After the Afterward

(p.197) After the Afterward
Empire of Language

Laurent Dubreuil

, David Fieni
Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter argues that, in order to get rid of a social and political prescription, one cannot claim to know nothing about it. Instead, it asserts that dominating parlance should become the sole forge of language. Examining (post)colonial usage allows one to situate regions and zones of discursive thought where one does not want to remain. Hence it is up to each of us to find one or more voices that break the noxious harmony of social domination. The chapter asserts, in short, that knowledge of colonial activity—as with any other social and political prescription—takes on meaning only through the test of a discourse surpassing the unthought of its parlance.

Keywords:   parlance, post-colonial speech, social domination, colonial activity, unthought

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