ERIC Number: EJ1161078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
"The Tempest" in an English Teapot: Colonialism and the Measure of a Man in Zadie Smith's "White Teeth"
Gustar, Jennifer J.
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v17 n4 p333-343 2010
Zadie Smith's "White Teeth" argues that we can take responsibility for the future if we refuse to act in thrall to the legacies of the past, which favour one human life over another, and act instead with the conviction that all lives are "lives" (Judith Butler). "White Teeth" examines the colonial legacy of violence against others and suggests that we can only change what counts as the past for future generations by questioning the modernist ideology of science as liberation. This questioning entails a rethinking of masculinity in its paternal function and also in its symbolic manifestation as a trope for the production of the "truth" we call science.
Descriptors: Novels, Futures (of Society), Foreign Policy, English Instruction, Ideology, Masculinity, Ethics, Violence, English Literature, Power Structure, Language Usage, Scientific Attitudes, War, Veterans, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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