[ilds] hyphens and posts...

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon Jul 9 16:00:06 PDT 2007

That's the ultimate in post-modern discourse:  the writer provides the hyphens and reader the terms.  Doesn't Scobie talk about circumcision being an act of hyphenation?


-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>Sent: Jul 9, 2007 3:49 PM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] hyphens and posts...
>What is it when there is only the hyphen and nothing on either side, 
>thus:  -   ?
>On Monday, July 9, 2007, at 08:56  pm, Pamela Francis wrote:
>> Bill had recently asked about the hyphen which is sometimes and 
>> sometimes
>> not employed in the term postcolonial.  There are pages and pages 
>> written
>> about this, but in short, the word WITH the hyphen, that is, 
>> post-colonial,
>> generally refers to the actual literature coming from formerly 
>> colonized
>> nations.  For instance, Arundhati Roy, Chinua Achebe, Ngugi, etc., are
>> considered post-colonial writers.  However, without the hyphen it 
>> refers to
>> the MUCH larger area of discussion surrounding issues of Empire,
>> decolonization, race, neocolonization, gender, etc. and so forth, all 
>> of
>> which, according to most contributors on this list serve, seem not to 
>> have
>> any relation to literature worth discussing...
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