Against the Mythological Machine, Towards Decolonial Revolt

Theory and Event 24 (3):787-815 (2021)
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Abstract

This article seeks to explore the temporal experience of decolonization/decoloniality through Furio Jesi's phenomenology of revolt, using the Puerto Rico summer protests of 2019 as a case study, to suggest that decolonization inhibits the functionality of the mythological machine because in the context of coloniality, revolt is the product of a biological exigency. In addition, I argue that decolonization should not be understood as an inevitable end point, or end goal, known a priori, but rather it is an anti-teleological process and subjectivity that at once fuses the time of revolt and revolution; an impossible task in Jesi's framework.

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Pedro Lebrón Ortiz
University of Puerto Rico

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