Part one of this essay looks at tropes of space in Michel de Montaigne’s “On the Cannibals (Des Cannibales)” and Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment (Kritik der Urteilskraft) to show how these tropes constitute foundational elements of the spatial imaginary of Western imperialism and how they express teleological “imperatives” of “the colonial enterprise.” The range of “positions” taken in the works of Montaigne and Kant (e.g., 16th-century and 18th-century, French and German, essayist and philosopher, “physicist” and “metaphysicist”) provides a sense of the breadth and depth of the spatial metaphors that contributed to conceptions of European imperialism and teleological thinking. Part two of “‘Exiles Must Make Their Own Maps,’” looks at Caribbean poet Derek Walcott’s responses to this spatially-conceived, teleological discourse. Of particular concern is how Walcott’s poetry, essays, and interviews work to revise the dominant cartographies of Western imperialism, capitalism, and tourism in ways that revise history and Caribbean identities.
|Keywords:||Postcolonial, Empire, Imperialism, Place, Mapping, Identity, Race, Teleology, Metaphysics, Binary Logic, History, Naming|
Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies, Department of Arts & Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany, New York, USA
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