The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration

The Rhetoric of Empire Colonial Discourse in Journalism Travel Writing and Imperial Administration The white man s burden darkest Africa the seduction of the primitive such phrases were widespread in the language Western empires used to talk about their colonial enterprises How this language itse

  • Title: The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration
  • Author: David Spurr
  • ISBN: 9780822313175
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • The white man s burden, darkest Africa, the seduction of the primitive such phrases were widespread in the language Western empires used to talk about their colonial enterprises How this language itself served imperial purposes and how it survives today in writing about the Third World are the subject of David Spurr s book, a revealing account of the rhetorical strategThe white man s burden, darkest Africa, the seduction of the primitive such phrases were widespread in the language Western empires used to talk about their colonial enterprises How this language itself served imperial purposes and how it survives today in writing about the Third World are the subject of David Spurr s book, a revealing account of the rhetorical strategies that have defined Western thinking about the non Western world.Despite historical differences among British, French, and American versions of colonialism, their rhetoric had much in common The Rhetoric of Empire identifies these shared features images, figures of speech, and characteristic lines of argument and explores them in a wide variety of sources A former correspondent for the United Press International, the author is equally at home with journalism or critical theory, travel writing or official documents, and his discussion is remarkably comprehensive Ranging from T E Lawrence and Isak Dineson to Hemingway and Naipaul, from Time and the New Yorker to the National Geographic and Le Monde, from journalists such as Didion and Sontag to colonial administrators such as Frederick Lugard and Albert Sarraut, this analysis suggests the degree to which certain rhetorical tactics penetrate the popular as well as official colonial and postcolonial discourse Finally, Spurr considers the question Can the language itself and with it, Western forms of interpretation be freed of the exercise of colonial power This ambitious book is an answer of sorts By exposing the rhetoric of empire, Spurr begins to loosen its hold over discourse about and between different cultures.

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    1 thought on “The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration”

    1. In this quotable and ultimately self-contradictory book, the author seeks to engage in a task that is simultaneously constrained and universal. He seeks to discuss a dozen overlapping approaches to colonized territory within the writings of colonial and post-colonial writers, mostly, but not exclusively Western in origin (Naipul being a notable exception), but seeks to restrict the literature under analysis to nonfictional writing in journalism, travelogues, and administrative reports, and the l [...]

    2. Spurr offers a careful and detailed dissection of many different dimensions of colonial discourses: surveillance, appropriation, debasement, negation, affirmation, idealization, naturalization, eroticization, etc. I've learned a lot from his analysis, though i can't help but find his prose a bit monotonous. Other books I've read that have a similar "plot" are Bernard Cohn's Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge and James Hevia's English Lessons: The Pedagogy of Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century [...]

    3. While I appreciate attention to colonial discourses and the ways in which they work to silence and marginalize -- I do feel like he did not pay as much attention to contemporary issues in journalism. His historical reading and unraveling of the ways in journalism and travel writing promote dominant discourses and encourages colonial/imperialist thinking is helpful to those unfamiliar with practices of journalism. As a former journalism, not much of it was "news" to me.

    4. Spurr repeats himself way too much and I recommend just skimming after the first couple pages of each chapter because by then you get the idea but its still a valuable read.

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