For people interested in the category of race, these have been an interesting couple of weeks. The summer that began with Henry Louis Gates’s arrest on suspicion of being an intruder in his own Cambridge home wound down with Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst and subsequent apotheosis as the truth-telling face of a can’t take-it-no-more far right.
Thanks to the curious rhythms of the quarter system, it’s finally now back to school here at the University of California at Santa Cruz. We’ll be marking it -- faculty, staff, and students -- with a walkout on Thursday, September 24 to protest the budget cuts that have so battered this institution and others throughout California.
As the underlying structures of the war in Iraq become publicly visible, its basic logics emerge: a systematic campaign of disinformation waged at home and abroad, a propaganda machine of unparalleled sophistication, and a cultivated manipulation of fear in the interests of justifying and perpetuating an increasingly questionable war on terror.
Vilashini Cooppan taught comparative literature at Yale University before moving to the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she is now Associate Professor of Literature. Her essays on postcolonial and world literatures, globalization theory, psychoanalysis, and nationalism have appeared in Symploke, Comparative Literature Studies, Gramma, Concentric, and several published edited volumes. Her book, Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing, appears this fall from Stanford University Press in the series Cultural Memory in the Present.