Romanticism and metonymic decolonization

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This brief provocation acknowledges the way the term “decolonization” has been used as a metaphor for diversification and has thus erased the anticolonial struggles of those Indigenous scholars and activists for whom diversity is not a stated end. Calling on the opposition between metaphor and metonymy in linguistic theory, I suggest that scholars of literary Romanticism-and by implication literary scholars in general-build our work not over but alongside decolonial movements and, in so doing, align our scholarship with demands for Indigenous sovereignty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-101
Number of pages3
JournalEighteenth-Century Fiction
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Literature and Literary Theory


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