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By E. San Juan Jr. (auth.)

ISBN-10: 1349616575

ISBN-13: 9781349616572

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ISBN-13: 9781349616596

Opposing the orthodoxies of firm postcolonialism, past Postcolonial idea posits acts of resistance and subversion by way of humans of colour as crucial to the unfolding discussion with Western hegemony. The stories and signifying practices of Rigoberta Menchu, C.L.R. James, quite a few "minority" writers within the usa, and intellectuals from Africa, Latin the United States, and Asia are counterposed opposed to the dogmas of contingency, borderland nomadism, panethnicity, and the ideology of id politics and transcultural postmodern pastiche. Reappropriating principles from Gramsci, Bakhtin, Althusser, Freire, and others within the radical democratic culture, San Juan deploys them to recuperate the reminiscence of nationwide liberation struggles (Fanon, Cabral, Che Guevara) at the face of the triumphal march of globalized capitalism.

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S. support for the Guatemalan military in order to contain the threat of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, the Cuban revolurion, and so on. Formulated another way, one can characterize Menchu's discourse as both referential and self-reflexive: it speaks truth to power. Its illocutionary force lies in its truth-effect, its programmatic resonance, more exactly, in the provocation of agencies or instrumentalities committed to destroying the system of injustice in Guatemala and the emire hemisphere. 38 BEYOND POSTCOLONIAL THEORY Contamination by a received agenda of popular-democratic socialism as well as a Latin American theology ofliberation may be apprehended in the "silences" of the narrative.

This conquest was punctuated by numerous peasant revolts for half a century, culminating in the Huk uprising of 1949-51 at the height of the Cold War. S. aggression in Indo-China, the founding of the NPA in 1969 initiated a new epoch of popular-democratic resistance throughout the archipelago. 44 BEYOND POSTCOLONIAL THEORY The vicissitudes of the armed struggle against the postcolonial state (the Philippines was granted formal independence by the United States in 1946) can be emblematized by the life ofMaria Lorena Barros, founder of the pioneering women' s organization, Makibaka (Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan, or Movement ofNew Nationalist Women).

Before we can face the postmodern ist Grand Inquisitor, we need to establish the basis for dialogue. What is the background to our text, Me Llamo Rigoberta Menchu Y Asi Me Nacio La Conciencia (I983)? Obviously, given its condition of production-the encounter in Paris between a Venezuelan anthropologist and an activist Indian-Menchu's text needs to be distinguished from the Western genre of autobiography, interview, or even the innovative ethnographie discourse. Suffice it to mention a few facts to establish the parameters of exchange.

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