« The language that drinks blood ». Toni Morrison on « the oppressive language »

Un magnifique texte de Toni Morrison transmis sur Twitter par Tobey Steeves (@symphily) sur le discours autoritaire (ma traduction pour oppressive language), que j’ai essayé de caractériser comme monologique vs dialogique  dans un travail critique récent (sans référence, mais tant pis, on ne peut/doit pas toujours être impeccablement scientifique quand la pensée nous émeut) :

« Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violent; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. Whether it is obscuring state language or the faux language of mindless media; whether it is the proud but calcified language of the academy or the commodity driven language of science; whether it is a law-without-ethics, or a language designed for the estrangement of minorities, hiding its racist plunder in its literary cheek – it must be rejected, altered and exposed. It is the language that drinks blood, or laps vulnerabilities, tucks its fascist boots under crinolines of respectability and patriotism as it moves relentlessly toward the bottom line and the bottomed out mind. Sexist language, racist language, theistic language – all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not, permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas » – Tony Morrison


Marie-Anne Paveau

Enseignante-chercheuse en analyse du discours à l'université Paris 13

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