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39 stars I enjoyed it and found it stimulating and I recommend it verall It seems to Porter Rockwell: A Biography offer a novel readingf CLR James s The Black Jacobins However something about Scott s broader historiographical intervention felt lackingA few Satire of the critical scholarly reviews I ve read takether issues with the book the centering Deflower the Boss of Toussaint Louverture in tragedy as a great man arising from history rather than taking into account collective historyf the Haitian peoplerevolutionaries the sidelining f ther important figures in the revolution and f the Cuban Revolution and the focus n present and historical moments as homogenous we are in the postcolonial contemporary problem space but none seem to take direct hits at the central thesis which is the part that feels underwhelming to me My reading Being There of Scott s argument is After Bandung we moderns setting aside the aforementioned definitional problems there face not the Romantic vindicationismf anticolonial revolution but tragic postcolonial conditions in which ur choice for possible futures is not between colonialism and some alternative future r a return to before colonialism but between choices within modernity ie rendering us conscripts Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom of modernity Scott callsn postmodern intellectuals not to exercise anticolonial attitudes but rather the tragic sensibility inherent in recognizing the ambiguity and complexity f the postcolonial conditions that shape ur choices in the first place Our rational faculties he argues should employ compassion and humility recognizing that enlightened principles are always subject to chance and contingency that which is beyond human controlThis doesn t seem very interesting to me not because I disagree but because it s all been said before right The book itself implicitly admits this the discussion f tragedy and moralpolitical theory largely draws n prior scholarship and merely drops it into the postcolonial setting the seamlessness Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith of that drop in is also worth interrogating I m also unclear what exactly it means to recognize the limitsf ne s rationality how does that help postmodern intellectuals negotiate their so called tragic choices ther than a vague At this stalled and disillusioned juncture in postcolonial history when many anticolonial utopias have withered into a morass f exhaustion corruption and authoritarianism David Scott argues the need to reconceptualize the past in rder to reimagine a usable future He describes how prior to independence anticolonialists narrated the transition from colonialism to postcolonialism as romance as a story f vercoming and vindication f salvation and redemption Scott contends that postcolonial scholarship assumes the same trajectory and that this imposes conceptual
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S appraisals f ur present in ruins Great commentary n CLR James that made me appreciate The Black Jacobins even as a central document f modernity I felt there was a bit too much what I intend to show and not enough showing although I feel the book is well worth the time f any fan f The Black Jacobins Scott rereads CLR James The Black Jacobins and articulates some fascinating ideas about the tragedy f the postcolonial condition I learned at SCAs that dude is snarky as fuck and has a smooth ass Caribbean accent Don t know if I like his book yet Amazing book bursting with ideas Drawing Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse on RG Collingwood and uentin Skinner amongthers Scott engages with CLR James The Black Jacobins to rethink the postcolonial present through the colonial past The Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations only thing missing from this book I feel is a closer engagement with the textf the Black Jacobins itself While this might not be the task that Scott sets for himself why tread after all where the mighty Robert Hill has already tread but when Scott does engage the text his close readings are so compelling that you wish he had dedicated the whole book to an exegesis f Jacobins A Benjaminian style awareness f the re production f history built atop the tragedy f anticolonial utopias becoming postcolonial nightmaresHe reexamines James The Black Jacobins and redeems the narrativistic construction The Stringbean Murders of this history which characterized Toussaintn a scale comparable to the greek icons in HomerMost beautifully Scott finds in the genre أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of tragedy a philosophical logic that mythopoetically challenges the dialecticf enlightenment seemingly building Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, on Adorno s critiue Ok so I am almost done with thisne while i like the fact that he is trying to engage with the politics and discursive nature The Sporty Game of history I am sortf enthused by the American Yakuza II overindulgence in continental philosophy and what seems to be an uncritical distinguishing between the anticolonialismf the moment that CLR James wrote the black jacobins and now I guess I am pedestrian in my thinking about that difference but really its not clear to me Overall interesting ideas about historical narrative worth reading but also not earth shattering. Revolution as Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders onef romantic vindication In the second edition published in the United States in 1963 James inserted new material suggesting that that story might usefully be told as tragedy Scott uses James’s recasting Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise of The Black Jacobins to compare the relative yieldsf romance and tragedy In an epilogue he juxtaposes James’s thinking about tragedy history and revolution with Hannah Arendt’s in On Revolution He contrasts their uses Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing of tragedy as a meansf situating the past in relation to the present in rder to derive a politics for a possible futu.
Xercise f compassion and pen mindedness to contingencychanceideas not ne s wn As a reading f The Black Jacobins the book is great But as a broader intervention I fail to see the novelty Or am I misreading somethingAlso three ther things 1 Isn t it interesting perhaps to think about how we can reshape these conditions in the first place to combat modernity s positive power structures with ur wn restructuring In that sense Scott s call to the tragic seems awfully passive 2 Doesn t Foucault s discussion f heterotopias in The Order f Things and Of Other Spaces grapple with the ambiguitycomplexity f modern structures thereby undermining the FoucaultHabermas dynamic which forms a central impasse that Scott attempts to answer DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting or move past 3 Scott says uite a lot about decentering Eurocentric scholarship but almost allf his references are Euroamerican so Like the focus n tragedy alone seems pretty Eurocentric surely there are many ther narrative forms that might allow us to rethink ambiguitycomplexitycontingency see eg Dipesh Chakrabarty s The Calling f HistorySide gripe Why is the DR not mentioned nce In Conscripts Civil rights, tool of communist deception of Modernity The tragedyf Colonial Enlightenment David Scott utilizes his anthropological acumen to excavate his hypothesis by asking the appropriate uestions as it relates to politics and where the concept f anticolonial revolution stands in this present age Scott states that antiuated uestions are no longer adeuate for the present age He states the way ne defines the alternative depends Cutthroat on the wayne has conceived the problem conseuently reconceiving alternatives depends in significant part An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims on reconceiving thebject f discontent and thus the longing that stimulates the desire for an alternative Scott applauds the view that it is not the anticolonial nationalist s answers that have needed changing so much as the postcolonial theorist s uestions that needed dissolving In ther words Scott says it is the Summoned oldbject f anticolonial discontent that needs reformulation read for 240a interesting points valuable reminder f the politics f writing serious uestions about the linearity f time in the piece as well as hi. Imitations He suggests that tragedy may be a useful narrative frame than romance In tragedy the future does not appear as an uninterrupted movement forward but instead as a slow and sometimes reversible series Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return of ups and downsScott explores the political and epistemological implicationsf how the past is conceived in relation to the present and future through a reconsideration Dead Inside of C L R James’s masterpiecef anticolonial history The Black Jacobins first published in 1938 In that book James told the story f Toussaint L’Ouverture and the making f the Haitian.
David Scott is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University