Monday, August 16, 2010

cursing Prospero ...

"... the intelligentsia that considers itself revolutionary must break all ties with its class of origin (frequently the petit bourgeoisie) and must besides sever the nexus of dependence upon the metropolitan culture from which it has learned, nonetheless, a language as well as a conceptual and technical apparatus. That language will be of profit, to use Shakespearean terminology, in cursing Prospero." (p. 40)

(Roberto Fernández Retamar, "Caliban: Notes Toward a Discussion of Culture in Our America." Caliban and Other Essays. Trans. Edward Baker.)

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