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In his work on diaspora, Brent Edwards theorizes such connections outside a national or imperial structure as an articulation through difference, discrepancies, or gaps, which he terms dcalage (Practice 13-15).3 If the racial subjects that appear in the memoir are bound together as differential forms of unfreedom through their relation to segregation's death, the links between them (understood as dcalage) point to a domain outside and opposed to an imperial nation, something it excludes or that eludes it. Brent Edwards glosses the term as responding to "an aesthetic imperative to test and break the limits of what can be said," describing a "fascination with edges, with extremes, with erosion, with modes of expression that strain against themselves" that is "ultimately less involved with the particularities of the media involved" than "with the task of pressing or distending elements of those mediums ... to bear witness- 'eroding witness' " ("Notes" 572).
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