Cultural Encounters by Nicholas Birns

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Culture and Imperialism. New York: Knopf, 1993. ______. Orientalism. New York: Pantheon, 1978. ______. Reflections on Exile and Other Essays. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2002. Shohat, Ella. ’ ” Social Text 31/32 (1992): 99–113. Slemon, Stephen, and Helen Tiffin, eds. After Europe: Critical Theory and Post-Colonial Writing. Sydney: Dangaroo Press, 1989. Spivak, Chakravorty Gayatri. Outside in the Teaching Machine. New York: Routledge, 1993. ______. The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues.

In Mansfield Park, the counterpoint Said discerns or determines is space or spatial relations, or geography, location or relocation. The spatial counterpoint concerns two movements: the movement from Mansfield Park to Antigua and the movement from Portsmouth to Mansfield Park. The spatial relationship between Mansfield Park and Antigua resembles that of country and town, metropolis and colony, center and periphery. The good life in one space, Mansfield Park, is sustained by the other, Antigua. So it is actually a relationship of subjugation and exploitation.

For this point, see Said, Culture and Imperialism 58–9, 96. See also Said, Orientalism 216. See also Said, Orientalism 108, 217, 251. For this point, see Moore-Gilbert 84. For more discussion on the subaltern, see de Kock 46–7. See also Butler, “Restaging the Universal” 37. Works Cited Appiah, Kwame Anthony. 2 (1991): 336–57. Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture. London: Routledge, 1994. Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1975. Butler, Judith. Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence.

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