The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration / Edition 1

The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration / Edition 1

by David Spurr
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822313170

ISBN-13: 9780822313175

Pub. Date: 03/18/1993

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The white man's burden, darkest Africa, the seduction of the primitive: such phrases were widespread in the language Western empires used to talk about their colonial enterprises. How this language itself served imperial purposes--and how it survives today in writing about the Third world--are the subjects of David Spurr's book, a revealing account of the rhetorical

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The white man's burden, darkest Africa, the seduction of the primitive: such phrases were widespread in the language Western empires used to talk about their colonial enterprises. How this language itself served imperial purposes--and how it survives today in writing about the Third world--are the subjects of David Spurr's book, a revealing account of the rhetorical strategies that have defined Western thinking about the non-Western world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822313175
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/18/1993
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
1 Surveillance: Under Western Eyes,
2 Appropriation: Inheriting the Earth,
3 Aestheticization: Savage Beauties,
4 Classification: The Order of Nations,
5 Debasement: Filth and Defilement,
6 Negation: Areas of Darkness,
7 Affirmation: The White Man's Burden,
8 Idealization: Strangers in Paradise,
9 Insubstantialization: Seeing as in a Dream,
10 Naturalization: The Wilderness in Human Form,
11 Eroticization: The Harems of the West,
12 Resistance: Notes Toward an Opening,
Bibliography,
Index,

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