By Ken Dryden
During this passionate, thought-provoking imaginative and prescient for Canada, Ken Dryden argues that we've got paid a value for having the incorrect feel of ourselves as a rustic. The outdated definition of Canada – genial yet occasionally too self-deprecating and ambition-killing – is not any longer the genuine tale. via contemporary international occasions reminiscent of Barack Obama’s election and primary yr in workplace; the weather convention in Copenhagen; or even the 2010 wintry weather Olympics, Dryden explores the conflict among politics and tale, and the significance of a country discovering its real narrative as a way to thrive.
By tracing the ups and downs in modern Canadian politics, from the Liberal management race to Stephen Harper’s Conservative minority governments, Michael Ignatieff’s appointment as competition chief, and prorogation, Ken Dryden presciently identifies the stumbling blocks dealing with Canada. He observes a sea switch happening between Canadians, who wish whatever extra for his or her nation. The ambition of Canada’s guidelines and the character of our politics won't swap, Dryden says, till we conceive of a brand new tale for the kingdom.
Becoming Canada is right away a party of Canada and a well timed, ardent rallying cry to all Canadians to construct upon Canada’s distinctive position on this planet. it really is guaranteed to encourage new conversations approximately our Canada’s identification at domestic and in another country.
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The reason for this is straightforward: postcolonialism is not a historical category but a historiographical one. To conceive of the postcolonial literally, as quite simply the historical period that proceeds from colonialism, is to fundamentally misapprehend it. Postcolonialism does not signify independence, autonomy, or even emancipation, though it is often confused as such when understood as a historical event. In other words, postcolonialism is not a point in time signaling a nation’s independence or transition to a nondependent condition but rather the critical perspective that emerges from the realization that it has failed to do so, that it will always fail to do so, what Ranajit Guha diagnosed as the “historic failure of the nation to come to its own” (Guha and Spivak 1988: 43).
Such scholars pointed to the foundational singularity and irreducibility of Latin American history and identity, asserted the categorical impropriety of drawing from European theoretical models—and further, those from former British and French colonies—to reflect on Latin America, and appealed to Latin America’s own cultural specificity as a means to counter and resist what are perceived as homogenizing and subordinating globalized narratives. Curiously, however, the very critiques issued against postcolonial theory as a homogenizing narrative have themselves fashioned a remarkably consistent rhetoric that asserts Latin America’s difference from the rest of the postcolonial world.
However, while this particular position against postcolonial theory has never really been abandoned, its on-again/off-again rehearsal over the years coincides with certain ebbs and flows in theoretical debate in Latin America. So while it is not surprising to see that this position has once again been taken up by a new group of Latin American scholars and critics, it is disappointing to see that neither the terms nor the tone of this argument has changed since its earliest articulation. The postcolonial dilemma of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa is not ours.