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University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: January 29, 2006
Latest Update: January 29, 2006

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Index of Topics on Site Race and PostColonialism: Two Sides to the Issue
This essay is based on an article on "Can the Subaltern Hear?": The Place of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Place in Postcolonial Theory By Colin Wright (Nottingham University, UK). The whole text is available on Political Discourse - Theories of Colonialsim and Post Colonialism on the Postcolonial Web,

Henry Louis Gates--"Race" and Postcoloniality in the USA

"Gates intervention into postcolonial studies is particularly productive because it implicates racial difference into the construction of the categories of nation, class, and gender. Gates' work centrally involves the construction, reconstruction, and deconstruction of "race" as a meaningful political category. In "Writing 'Race' and the Difference It Makes," his introduction to "Race," Writing, and Difference, Gates demonstrates how "race" has been "written" into existence as a means of keeping racially marked populations in subordinate positions. Portrayals of race in literature had throughout the Nineteenth Century (and arguably, throughout the present day) sought to "naturalize" and therefore legitimate the racially marked body as innately or irreducibly inferior. "Race, in these usages," Gates writes, "pretendes to be an objective term of classification, when in fact it is a dangerous trope" (5)." From Henry Louis Gates--"Race" and Postcoloniality in the USA. Accessed on the Postcolonial Web on January 29, 2006.

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