Jacobin Magazine and Verso Books are producing a series of weekly podcasts over the course of March that address chapters from one of our required texts, The ABCs of Socialism. Nivedita Majumdar’s remarks are significant for a number of reasons, though in a US context one insight here might be that capitalist identity politics is a core element of the defense of socioeconomic inequality (see also Touré F. Reed’s Why Liberals Separate Race from Class or Nancy Fraser’s article “The End of Progressive Neoliberalism” on the course information page).
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?
C.P. Cavafy, Waiting for the Barbarians”
From the New York Times:
The administration has decided to deem the Shabab, the Islamist militant group in Somalia, to be part of the armed conflict that Congress authorized against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to senior American officials. The move is intended to shore up the legal basis for an intensifying campaign of airstrikes and other counterterrorism operations, carried out largely in support of African Union and Somali government forces.
Notably, al-Shabab did not even exist in 2001.
The link and images below may help you in reading Sherlock Holmes. It depends, I suppose, on the extent to which you pursue a Said-ian reading. Remember to think not only about socio-historical context— what is represented and left unrepresented– but also formal elements of detective fiction. What form does evidence take? What methods of “ratiocination” are in play? Are the narrative tactics described by Bennett (in Pyrhönen‘s essay) being utilized? (Can you remember what they are? You were asked about them on Thursday.)
Here’s a rough, historical and theoretical exposition of the concepts of imperialism and colonialism. These are basically lecture notes:
A map of the British Empire, 1907:
A map of colonial empires around the world, 1910:
This six page excerpt from Shohat and Stam’s Unthinking Eurocentrism could be useful in your study of “the West”:
Citation: Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam. Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media. New York: Routledge, 1994. Print.
Students of 510 (and 303) may find these images interesting. The blue-tinted images are from an 1896 edition of The Talisman while the other images are from a 1910 edition.
If you look on the course information page and consult the filmography you’ll see a link to a documentary about Richard and Saladin during the Third Crusade titled Empires: Holy Warriors. Consult this film as a way of gaining a deeper appreciation of Scott’s novel and, more generally, the relationship between medieval Europe and the Ayyubid Empire.