Literature, which had set itself up in order to bring theory to the unwashed undergraduates, in contradistinction to the English department, which was standing stolidly for reading the texts
cute. Caleb Crain
To rub against the grain of the doxa on class, we could say that it is precisely to the extent that the class came to be laminated onto particular ethno-national and racial identities and cultures, and specifically on varieties of whiteness, that class discourse and politics were neutralised
1898 ekphrastic poem
One of Freud’s few reflections on Marxism [...] described it as a Weltanschauung – world-view – comparable to religion, an intellectual construction that through its totalising work resolved all problems in a uniform way, thus leaving no questions open
Economic liberalism maintains and reproduces a moral discourse of righteousness and an institutional façade of human rights. Nevertheless, it must be rejected in toto because it necessarily also furthers a policy agenda of fear and social hierarchy
It can only be conserved, in a reliquary form, as a testimony of an experience related to history by an emotional link.
It was as if his own feeling of impotence were writ large on the political scene everywhere.
The vision of history subjacent to both films is a kind of revolutionary historicism that posits guerilla onflict and revolution as ineluctable.
it is through such a 'Manichean' violence, symmetrical to the enemy's violence, that the oppressed achieve the awareness of their own strength.
the fictional Caribbean island of Queimada, whose autochthonous population has been smashed by the colonisers
Oppression is an ancestral, compelling, almost ontological malediction.