The Raft of the Medusa: five voices on colonies, nations & histories

1993, 99:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English/French


This video offers a crash course in postcolonial theory, with star players in the field strutting their stuff. The place of the Orient in intellectual history is the focus, but the tape's global thrust radically broadens its scope to include related issues. Contemporary and historical views are arrestingly analysed by Amin Maalouf, Thierry Hentsch, Sara Suleri, Nourbese Philip and Ackbar Abbas. These extended interviews address issues of emergent nationalism (British India and its partition in 1947); the unique case of Hong Kong as it faces integration with mainland China; Occidental modernism and Islamic fundamentalism; African diasporic language.

Ce vidéo nous propose un cours condensé de théorie postcolonialiste, où des spécialistes présentent avec fierté leurs théories diverses. Le principal point d'intérêt est la place de l'Orient dans l'histoire intellectuelle, mais la dynamique globale du vidéo élargit radicalement sa portée pour inclure des thèmes connexes. Les aspects contemporains et historiques sont analysés de façon saisissante par Amin Maalouf, Thierry Hentsch, Sara Suleri, Nourbese Philip, et Ackbar Abbas. Ces longs entretiens abordent les nouveaux nationalismes (l'Inde britannique et la déclaration de son indépendence 1947); le cas unique de Hong Kong, qui doit faire face à son intégration dans la Chine; le modernisme occidental et l'intégrisme islamique et le langage de la diaspora africaine.

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