CONQUERING THE SLASHES [/] FOR DIFFERENCE When I speak of conquering the slashes for difference I refer to attempts at removing the divide that has historically barred people of color, radical academics and people of differences from doing what most have come to call cultural work. These slash obstruct, separate, divide, subjugate and question the authenticity of nonacademic work and operate as a knowledge-power machinery to maintain the status quo. The existing discourse about language, writing, power structures, history and representation intensified within the postmodern era, while attempts were being made to reduce the tension between what is considered as objective truth as against cultural literary work. Postmodernism helped to blur the lines between binary positions male/female, fact/fiction, objective/subjective, science/art and called into the question the power relations and social structures that stood as slashes policing the divide. Postmodernism encourages multiplicity, diversity and if I dare say difference. Most importantly though, or at least to this paper, postmodernism as Gordon puts it, has caused “a fracture in the epistemological regime of modernity which has lead to the understanding that the practices of writing, analysis, and investigation, both social and cultural is less of a scientifically positive project and more of a cultural practice of storytelling told by situated investigators” (Gordon 2008: 10). This essay will highlight a few of the authors who have attempted to challenge some of these dualisms and the traditions of social science epistemologies in their textual work. I will then discuss the power structures that work to create and maintain this politics of knowledge within the ‘nervous sy... ... middle of paper ... ...owledge producers. Bibliography Cho, G (2008). “Fleshing Out the Ghost”, in Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Gordon, A (1997). Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997 Hooks, B (1990). “Culture to Culture: ethnographic and cultural studies as critical intervention” in Yearning: race, gender, and cultural politics, 123-133 Lorde, A (1980). “Poetry is Not a Luxury” in Hester Eisenstein and Alice Jardine, eds., The future of Difference, pp. 125-127 Minh-ha, T (1980). Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press West, C (1993). “The New Cultural Politics of Difference” in Simon During, ed., The Cultural Studies Reader, pp. 203-217.
This approach, which combines aspects of ethnography and autobiography (Ellis et al., 2011), found legitimacy based in the postmodern critique of how the mediums of scientific research - its lexicon and paradigm – constrained the findings of a study (Krizek, 1998; Kuhn, 2012) or as Richardson (2000) puts it “form and content are inseparable” (p. 923). In that way scientific research’s goal of pure objectivity is challenged as unattainable.
Since 1945, in what is defined by literary scholars as the Contemporary Period, it appears that the "refracted public image"(xx) whites hold of blacks continues to necessitate ...
In this paper, I plan to explore and gain some insight on Audre Lorde’s personal background and what motivated her to compose a number of empowering and highly respected literary works such as “Poetry is Not a Luxury”. In “Poetry is Not a Luxury”, Lorde not only gives voice to people especially women who are underrepresented, but also strongly encourages one to step out of their comfort zone and utilize writing or poetry to express and free oneself of repressed emotions. I am greatly interested in broadening my knowledge and understanding of the themes that are most prominent in Lorde’s works such as feminism, sexism and racism. It is my hope that after knowing more about her that I would also be inspired to translate my thoughts and feelings
The beauty of the United States of America is its melting pot of culture and religion. It is a hybrid of being an American citizen but also being identified as an ethnic group. It is a capital of immigrants and along with it; the bringing of many new cultural trades. Kingston, is a Chinese-American but born to immigrant parents. Many immigrant parents try to up bring their children into their cultural backgrounds in a new country where those backgrounds aren’t the norms. This conflict leaves the child being in limbo between their ethnic backgrounds and their American present. Genders also play an immense role for immigrant ethnic cultures. In The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, the author goes on to explain the struggles between cultural differences and
In recent years, the traditional notion of Western Culture has received a great deal of scrutiny. Women, African-Americans, and other marginalized groups have argued that the cultural hegemony has been at best indifferent and at worst actively hostile to their experiences and ideas. While these charges are not without substance, they are accompanied in some instances by assertions that the members of the group in question are the “real” heroes of the culture’s history.
“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.” Spoken like the artistic genius he was, Shakespeare provides an excellent example of how the world used to speak. Another example, which shall be noted as the inspiration of this paper, would be Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish. In this poem, he explains how he thinks a poem should be: “A poem should not mean But be.” This last line from the poem basically says that a poem should be more important than words on a page. It should be a physical being instead of something out of the dictionary. It is also an example of how the world used to speak, how the world should still speak. In this paper, I intend to explain how the world has truly forgotten what poetry and literature really is.
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