Were it not for the language of the original text that I am quoting in English translation, this passage might be taken as from one of countless recent efforts to redress the strategic forgetfulness it laments by ï¬lling in gaps in the history of Western imperialism and by examining its divisive legacy in our current, postcolonial reality. The author, original language, and source of the passage call attention, though, to a kind of strategic forgetfulness that affects even theorists of postcolonialism as they struggle to rectify the cruelly biased, falsiï¬ed, or 1. CzesÂ´ MiÂ´ law losz, Zniewolony umysl (Paris: Instytut literacki, 1953; reprint, Krakow: Wydawnictwo literackie, 1999), 241â 42; MiÂ´ losz, The Captive Mind, trans. Jane Zielonko (New York: Vintage, 1981), 223. 10:1 Copyright 2004 by Duke University Press Jamesonâs deï¬nition, and why does its absence feel so inconspicuous and selfevident? Surely the Russian empire and its twentieth-century descendant, the Soviet Union, would seem to merit a place in contemporary assessments of imperialism and its cultural consequences. Jamesonâs elision, though, is unexceptional. Edward Said notes the ârather wide geographical and historical rangeâ attempted in his own book Culture and Imperialism, and indeed his book spans two centuries of
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