By E. San Juan Jr. (auth.)
Opposing the orthodoxies of multinational postcolonialism, past Postcolonial idea posits acts of resistance and subversion via humans of colour as significant to the unfolding discussion with Western hegemony. The tales and signifying practices of Rigoberta Menchu, C.L.R. James, quite a few "minority" writers within the usa, and intellectuals from Africa, Latin the United States, and Asia are counterposed opposed to the dogmas of contingency, borderland nomadism, panethnicity, and the ideology of identification politics and transcultural postmodern pastiche. Reappropriating principles from Gramsci, Bakhtin, Althusser, Freire, and others within the radical democratic culture, San Juan deploys them to get well the reminiscence of nationwide liberation struggles (Fanon, Cabral, Che Guevara) at the face of the triumphal march of globalized capitalism.
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W]e can build the people's church ... a real change inside people. I chose this as my contribution to the people's war. I am convinced that the people, the masses, are the only ones capable of transforming society. Thar is my cause ... ir wasn't born out of somerhing good, ir was born out of wretchedness and bitterness. Ir has been radicalized by the poverty in which my people live. Ir has been radicalized by the malnutrition which I, as an Indian, have seen and experienced. And by the exploitation and discrimination which I've feit in the flesh.
And by the oppression which prevents us performing out ceremonies, and shows no respect for our way oflife, the way we are. (246-47) Menchu is then both a singular person and an allegorical figure. Her testimony is less an autobiography in the conventional sense than a history oflived experience, a cosmography of the indigenous peoples of Central America and by extension of the Fourth World. One cannot deny a unifying telos immanent in the unfolding ofMenchu's lived experiences. The autobiographical redaction unites in a precarious but heuristic tension the political and scientific concerns ofboth the anthropologist Elizabeth Burgos-Debray and the protagonist Menchu.
If the sign value of the Nobel Peace Prize depends on a code instead of context of reference, then it self-destructs. Baudrillard proposes that in order to resist the closed system of the hyperreal and obfuscating media hype, we need "seduction" and "fatal strategies"-that is, ecstasy, risk, and vertigo-before the object that seduces and to which we need to sub mit (for a sampie of reader's vertigo, see Sommer 1993). How is it then possible to sub mit to Menchu's testimonio and not risk the stigma ofbeing duped by a presumed reality out there?
Beyond Postcolonial Theory by E. San Juan Jr. (auth.)