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Conscripts Of Modernity The Tragedy Of Colonial Enlightenment

Revolution as one of romantic vindication In the second edition published in the United States in 1963 James inserted new material suggesting that that story might usefully be told as tragedy Scott uses James’s recasting of The Black Jacobins to compare the relative yields of romance and tragedy In an epilogue he juxtaposes James’s thinking about tragedy history and revolution with Hannah Arendt’s in On Revolution He contrasts their uses of tragedy as a means of situating the past in relation to the present in order to derive a politics for a possible futu. I learned at SCAs that dude is snarky as fuck and has a smooth ass Caribbean accent Don t know if I like his book yet

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Imitations He suggests that tragedy may be a useful narrative frame than romance In tragedy the future does not appear as an uninterrupted movement forward but instead as a slow and sometimes reversible series of ups and downsScott explores the political and epistemological implications of how the past is conceived in relation to the present and future through a reconsideration of C L R James’s masterpiece of anticolonial history The Black Jacobins first published in 1938 In that book James told the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture and the making of the Haitian. Scott rereads CLR James The Black Jacobins and articulates some fascinating ideas about the tragedy of the postcolonial condition

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At this stalled and disillusioned juncture in postcolonial history when many anticolonial utopias have withered into a morass of exhaustion corruption and authoritarianism David Scott argues the need to reconceptualize the past in order to reimagine a usable future He describes how prior to independence anticolonialists narrated the transition from colonialism to postcolonialism as romance as a story of overcoming and vindication of salvation and redemption Scott contends that postcolonial scholarship assumes the same trajectory and that this imposes conceptual l. Great commentary on CLR James that made me appreciate The Black Jacobins even as a central document of modernity I felt there was a bit too much what I intend to show and not enough showing although I feel the book is well worth the time of any fan of The Black Jacobins


About the Author: David Scott

David Scott is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University



9 thoughts on “Conscripts Of Modernity The Tragedy Of Colonial Enlightenment

  1. says:

    Amazing book bursting with ideas Drawing on RG Collingwood and uentin Skinner among others Scott engages with CLR James' The Black Jacobins to rethink the postcolonial present through the colonial past The only thing missing from this book I feel is a closer engagement with the text of the Black Jacobins itself While this might not be the task that Scott sets for himself why tread after all where the mighty Ro

  2. says:

    Great commentary on CLR James that made me appreciate The Black Jacobins even as a central document of modernity I felt there was a bit too much what I intend to show and not enough showing although I feel the book is well worth the time of any fan of The Black Jacobins

  3. says:

    39 stars I enjoyed it and found it stimulating and I recommend it overall It seems to offer a novel reading of CLR James's The Black Jacobins However something about Scott's broader historiographical intervention felt lack

  4. says:

    A Benjaminian style awareness of the re production of history built atop the tragedy of anticolonial utopias becoming postcolonial nightmaresHe reexamines James' The Black Jacobins and redeems the narrativistic construction of this history which characterized Toussaint on a scale comparable to the greek icons in HomerMost beautifull

  5. says:

    Scott rereads CLR James The Black Jacobins and articulates some fascinating ideas about the tragedy of the postcolonial condition

  6. says:

    In Conscripts of Modernity The tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment David Scott utilizes his anthropological acumen to excavate his hypothesis by

  7. says:

    Ok so I am almost done with this one while i like the fact that he is trying to engage with the politics and discursive nature of history I am sort of enthused by the overindulgence in continental philosophy and what seems to be an uncritical distinguishing between the anticolonialism of the moment that CLR James wrote the black

  8. says:

    I learned at SCAs that dude is snarky as fuck and has a smooth ass Caribbean accent Don't know if I like his book yet

  9. says:

    read for 240a interesting points valuable reminder of the politics of writing serious uestions about the linearity of time in the piece as well as his appraisals of our present in ruins

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