Empire's present

During, Simon (2012) Empire's present. New Literary History, 43 2: 331-340. doi:10.1353/nlh.2012.0017

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Author During, Simon
Title Empire's present
Journal name New Literary History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-6087
Publication date 2012-03
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/nlh.2012.0017
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 43
Issue 2
Start page 331
End page 340
Total pages 10
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This essay responds to Robert Young and Dipesh Chakrabary's essays on postcolonialism both recently published by NLH. It suggests that, on the one side, Young overestimates the continuing relevance of the postcolonialism paradigm, while, on the other, Chakrabarty overestimates the degree to which anthropogenic global warming constitutes a break in world history. To make its case it weighs the current applicability of “benefit of empire” and pro-development arguments, arguing that today these have real, if problematic, legitimacy and force at least so long as one accepts the legitimacy of the current global system of democratic state capitalism. Were we to move past the concepts which legitimate that system we would need to turn from human life as a primary and necessary moral value. In that spirit, the essay offers a brief reading of Janet Frame's fine novel, Living in the Maniototo, which describes the inhuman structures of human life, as ordered by colonial cultural ecology of grasslands.
Keyword Postcolonial
Anthropogenic global warming
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 31 Jan 2013, 15:58:52 EST by Simon During on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses