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THE IMPERIAL MOMENT: CONTROL OF THE MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
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A major work of discourse analysis which bears directly on the function and power of writing in the colonial situation is The Conquest of America by Tzvetan Todorov (Todorov 1974). The revolutionary insight of this book is its location of the key feature of colonial oppression in the control over the means of communication rather than the control over life and property or even language itself.