The Master-Slave Dialectic in Literary Theory: Historical Readings

  • M. A. R. Habib


This chapter is devoted to readings of the master-slave dialectic in literary/postcolonial theory. It begins by situating the master-slave scenario within the context of Hegel’s philosophy of history and his philosophy as a whole. It then examines two recent attempts to apply the master-slave dialectic to specific historical situations. These readings illustrate what a broad range of interpretations this dialectic can accommodate, being read on the one hand as applicable to serfdom under feudalism and, on the other hand, as referring to actual slavery in a colonial setting.


Historical readings of master-slave dialectic Dialectic and feudalism Hegel and Haiti 


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  • M. A. R. Habib
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityCamdenUSA

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