Colonialism And Postcolonialism

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Abstract Colonialism/Postcolonialism is a remarkably comprehensive yet accessible guide to the historical and theoretical dimensions of colonial and postcolonial studies. National fantasies are they colonial, anti-colonial or postcolonial also play upon the connection between woman, land or nation. Feminist theory and postcolonial theory are occupied with similar questions of representation, voice, marginalization, and the relation between politics and literature. Given that both critical projections employ multidisciplinary perspectives, they are each attentive, at least in principle, to historical context and the geopolitical co-ordinates the subject in question. The identification of women as national mother stems from a wider association of nation with the family. The topic of feminism and postcolonialism is integrally tied to the project of literary postcoloniality and its concerns with the critical reading and interpretation of colonial and postcolonial texts.

Introduction: It is fair say that beginning postcolonialism is an especially challenging procedure because it is particularly difficult to answer those questions with which we started. Such is the variety of activities often called ‘postcolonial’ that it is not very easy to find an appropriate point of departure. Although the ideal woman here is constructed in opposition to the spectre of the memsabib, the image fuses together older brahminical notions of
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