ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Redefining the Post-Colonial

Margin of Margin: Profile of an Unrepentant Post-colonial Collaborator by Ajit Chaudhury, Dipankar Das, Anjan Chakrabarti; Anushtup, Kolkata, 2001; Rs 300/ $ 25.

The book, Margin of Margin: Profile of an Unrepentant Postcolonial Collaborator, obviously, is a takeoff on margin – ‘Margin of Philosophy’. So, to contextualise, let us start from Derrida. To Saussurian structuralists as well as to postmodernists, the world makes sense as a text. To Derrida, that is, to postmodernists, the margin is the other, that which is impertinent to the text.

But Derrida, at the margin of philosophy, shows up the other as unsettling the oneness, the fullness, the full presence of the one. Postmodernism reverses the hierarchy of the centre and the margin, questioning margin(ality) itself, while the text expands into the margin through supplementation.

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