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Critiquing Postmodernism in modern Discourses of Race demanding situations the severe emphasis on otherness in remedies of race in literary and cultural stories. Sue J. Kim deftly argues that this remedy not just perpetuates slim identification politics, yet obscures the political and fiscal constructions that form problems with race in literary reviews. Kim’s revelatory ebook exhibits how studying authors via their id finally ends up neglecting both complicated historic contexts and aesthetic kinds. This comparative research demands a reconsideration of the bases for serious engagement and a analyzing ethics that melds the simplest of historicist and formalist ways to literature.

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But this is to overlook the other fundamental meaning of modernity which is that of a worldwide capitalism itself. The standardization projected by capitalist globalization in this third or late stage of the system casts considerable doubt on all these pious hopes for cultural variety in a future world colonized by a universal market order. (12–13) I agree that the facile notion of a multiplying of cultures, or the privileging of “difference,” does discount and often serves to obscure the central dominating drive of late capitalism; capitalism and multiculturalism are extremely compatible.

Oddly, Laclau and Mouffe are as optimistic about the inherent benefits of “liberal democracy” as are the pro-market economists and politicians that I discuss in the Concluding Notes of this book. They claim that the reorganization of the social field emerges logically from the postwar expansion of “democratic revolution” into new social arenas and an “egalitarian imaginary constituted around the liberal-democratic discourse” (166, 165). In other words, liberal democracy and neoimperialism, whatever their various intentions and processes, rely on and encourage notions of democracy, participation, individualism, and difference.

Identities are not simply voluntary and cannot be easily plucked out of narratives that shape our views of the world before actual encounters with other human beings. ” Therefore, Palumbo-Liu argues, going beyond difference “will be far from easy, not because minorities and women obstinately cling to identity [and difference], but precisely because the narratives that have been put into place to deny them identity are deeply rooted, and the psychic form of racism is thoroughly entangled in institutional forms” (778).

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