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Government and, as Randall shows, held back internally by unsolved national contradictions. What might have been is a leitmotif in this study of Hughes, as is the emphasis on “the blood of others”: on the many lives lost in the struggle for an equalitarian American society. This idea is built into this book’s title: that those to whom Hughes devoted himself as a writer and an intellectual, and on whose behalf Belli herself continues to write, be seen not merely as “fuel” for creative activity but as writing’s locus, that place where writing makes its most prophetic contribution to socialist joy.

This idea is built into this book’s title: that those to whom Hughes devoted himself as a writer and an intellectual, and on whose behalf Belli herself continues to write, be seen not merely as “fuel” for creative activity but as writing’s locus, that place where writing makes its most prophetic contribution to socialist joy. 1 The Backward Glance My country in my memory and I in Paris on display like a harmless bat. Oh, for the plane to take me with four motors on a single flight! —Nicolás Guillén, “Exilio” In the discourse of postcolonialism, exile has been often sublimated.

Culture and Imperialism, 366. The term contrapuntal analysis is in the index; it does not appear in the body of his main argument. Instead, contrapuntal reading (66) and contrapuntal perspective (32) are Said’s phrases of choice. The Backward Glance 21 gether C. L. R. 11 As a strategic formation, exile is understood in Culture and Imperialism to mean the experience of struggling peoples and not the condition of radically displaced middle-class individuals. 12 Hence, my argument acknowledges a different trajectory in postcolonial studies, an alternative line of critical inquiry and writing that rejects the despair and sense of loss typically associated with European exile precisely by welcoming exile’s collective political possibilities and realigning them with the process of liberatory cultural resistance in the hemisphere as a whole.

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