This book traces economic and political issues through SAARC’s thirty-year journey. Topical and well-researched, this collection provides a comprehensive assessment of SAARC and provides policy directives for the future. The book points out the issues and constraints that have hindered regional cooperation in South Asia. It establishes that despite being democracies, there has been little effort by member nations to promote regional cooperation in the public domain. It stresses that in view of the increased role that countries wish to play in globalisation, economic cooperation is the way forward. The book further argues that political will is the pivot on which the prospect of regional cooperation revolves.
Chapter 20: Speaking The Unspeakable or the Limits of Representability
Speaking The Unspeakable or the Limits of Representability
Colonial literature is replete with hints of unspeakable acts, especially ‘native’ atrocities against women. The lustful Turk, the lascivious Arab, the savage African and the revengeful Indian are stereotypes spawned by this sphere of writing, and prurient descriptions of such acts have proliferated in colonial accounts. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness seems to somehow shift the focus from the easy binary between the colonial Other and the European, as the European himself is shown to take part in the rites and customs that mark the savage Other. Kurtz, fabled as the most successful ivory agent, participates in the performance of unspeakable acts. This duality is kept intact through ...