Empire's Individuals and the Reproduction of Imperial Meaning in Colonialism and Postcoloniality

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Title
Empire's Individuals and the Reproduction of Imperial Meaning in Colonialism and Postcoloniality
Contributors
Silva, Daniel F (creator)
Simas-Almeida, Leonor (Director)
Vieira, Nelson (Reader)
Dzidzienyo, Anani (Reader)
Brown University. Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (sponsor)
Doi
10.7301/Z0C24TRG
Copyright Date
2013
Abstract
A This dissertation explores, through colonial and postcolonial literatures and cinemas, the theoretical relationship between the formation of individual identity and the reproduction of meaning or History in the form of the West as an imperial narrative. Through the problematics of identity and the trope of writing as discursive inscription, I interrogate how Empire and the West are reproduced, across both colonial and postcolonial time-spaces. In other words, I interrogate the western narrative of History via the mutually reproducing dialectic of imperialist subjectivity and imperial scenes of writing; that is, the individual as subject and producer of imperial discourse. In dialoguing Empire with psychoanalysis and deconstruction (as well as other schools of critical theory), I analyze how imperial and western narratives such as History have been trans-temporally propagated through European conquest, postcolonial slavery, and the present gaze of the former metropolis on the postcolony. <br/> The four chapters that compose this project are an attempt at understanding how Empire is propagated via individual subjectivities and subject positions within the spectrum of Western power. Chapter one does not engage with any particular time or space, but rather provides the theoretical groundwork for the dissertation as a whole, focusing on how the imperialist individual is both product and producer of imperial meaning. Chapter two interrogates the dynamics of imperial subjectivation and inscription in the case of the colonist father whose mandate it is to carry out Empire in the colonized space. Chapter three explores the reproduction of Empire and the western narrative of History in the postcolonial nation within the Americas, particularly the role of slavery in the building of an independent western nationhood. The fourth and final chapter inquires as to how Empire is reformulated by the former metropolis as a totalizing multicultural narrative, sublating imperial and postcolonial times and spaces into a whole, via language, popular culture, and literary canonization.
Keywords
Empire
colonial discourse
postcoloniality
Imperialism
Racism
Notes
Thesis (Ph.D. -- Brown University (2013)
Extent
viii, 220 p.

Citation

Silva, Daniel F., "Empire's Individuals and the Reproduction of Imperial Meaning in Colonialism and Postcoloniality" (2013). Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Theses and Dissertations. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://doi.org/10.7301/Z0C24TRG

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