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Unformatted text preview: protocols aligned with structural positionality (except in the work of
die-hard Marxists) have been kicked to the curb. That is to say, it is hardly fashionable anymore to think the vagaries of
power through the generic positions within a structure of power relations—such as man/woman, worker/boss.
Instead, the academy’s ensembles of questions are fixated on specific and “unique” experience of the myriad
identities that make up those structural positions. This would fine if the work led us back to a critique of the
paradigm; but most of it does not. Again, the upshot of this is that the intellectual protocols now in play, and the
composite effect of cinematic and political discourse since the 1980s, tend to hide rather than make explicit the
grammar of suffering which underwrites the US and its foundational antagonisms. This state of affairs exacerbates
—or, more precisely, mystifies and veils—the ontological death of the Slave and the “Savage” because (as in the 1950s)
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