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Language, Judgement, Colonialism

  • Edmund ChapmanEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter discusses Benjamin’s and Derrida’s theories of language as repressive systems. Benjamin conceives language as innately judging, while Derrida understands language as colonialism. Both writers also use theological metaphors to illustrate the ways in which language is repressive. Both also, however, show how translation both enforces and works against the repressiveness of language.

Keywords

Walter Benjamin Jacques Derrida Language Colonialism Judgement Translation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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