Robinson Crusoe, Slavery, and Postcolonial Theory
This chapter expresses that postcolonial scholarship has been attuned to the disjunction in the period between politics of liberation and autonomy, which coincides at the same time with imperial expansion and the subjugation of native peoples, and new ethics of equality that nonetheless occurs in an era of slavery unprecedented in its scale and brutality. Sorting out the relationship to historical events and injustices has led to alternative accounts of subjectivity, agency, and power, and new narratives describing the ostensible rise and progress of civilization and reason. This chapter also takes into account the exemplary narratives that allegorize history, restraining the signifying potential of literature and surplus of meaning which constitutes its resourcefulness and political potential.
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