Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Žižek: SIC 10
Jamil Khader, 2017. "Concrete Universality and the End of Revolutionary Politics: A Žižekian Approach to Postcolonial Women’s Writings", Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Žižek: SIC 10, Russell Sbriglia
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In this chapter, Khader enlists Slavoj Žižek’s trenchant critique of multiculturalism in order to reclaim the internationalist trajectory of postcolonial feminist literature. Khader argues that despite his criticisms of postcolonial theory’s culturalization of politics by way of an identitarian logic that focuses primarily on Western intolerance toward the Other, Žižek’s theory of the “concrete universality” of the excluded communities of the global capitalist system nonetheless offers a productive theoretical framework for understanding the internationalist trajectory of postcolonial feminist writings such as the testimonials and memoirs of Rigoberta Menchú and the fiction of Michelle Cliff. As Khader demonstrates, much like Žižek,...