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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822313175
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Post-Contemporary Interventions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 1,448,807
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Surveillance: Under Western Eyes 13
2 Appropriation: Inheriting the Earth 28
3 Aestheticization: Savage Beauties 43
4 Classification: The Order of Nations 61
5 Debasement: Filth and Defilement 76
6 Negation: Areas of Darkness 92
7 Affirmation: The White Man's Burden 109
8 Idealization: Strangers in Paradise 125
9 Insubstantialization: Seeing as in a Dream 141
10 Naturalization: The Wilderness in Human Form 156
11 Eroticization: The Harems of the West 170
12 Resistance: Notes Toward an Opening 184
Bibliography 203
Index 209
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