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Bridging the gap? : a critical reading of Bhabha, Said and Spivak's postcolonial positions

McGill University
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  • Postcolonialism
  • Bhabha
  • Homi K.
  • 1949- -- Criticism And Interpretation
  • Said
  • Edward W. -- Criticism And Interpretation
  • Spivak
  • Gayatri Chakravorty -- Criticism And Interpretation
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy


With the progress of globalization, it is becoming increasingly evident that there lies within it a Westernizing thrust that forms a part of the European colonial legacy. Postcolonial theorists, exemplified by Homi K. Bhabha, Edward W. Said, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, have, over the last twenty years, produced some of the most influential discourse-analysis of colonialism, and critiques of neocolonialism. Their works, committed to various streams of poststructuralism, nonetheless exhibit some debilitating epistemological problems this thesis demonstrates by recourse to Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard. In conclusion it offers an alternative approach to globalization derived from Kierkegaard's dilemma of first principles in Either/Or, and Wittgenstein's discussion of language games in Philosophical Investigations .

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