Week 7 – “On Naming the Subject” Chia

November 11, 2007

This article reminds me of the novel Ferguson wrote about in Castle. In Daniel, the colonized assert power over the colonizer in the same way Christophine asserts power over Rochester. As Chia writes, “identity of the colonized is being up-graded, from the passive manipulated to the active manipulator, and from the powerless loser to the powerful giver” (173). The very fact that the narrator refuses to call Daniel and his friends by their “new” names shows their resistance to being given identity by the king.

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