Colonialism In African Literature Essay

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INTRODUCTION 1. Background 1.1. Colonialism of Africa According to Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin in Post-Colonial Studies- The key Concepts colonialism is ‘‘the specific form of cultural exploitation that developed with the expansion of Europe over the last 400 years’’ (45). It is the implanting of settlements on a distant territory (122). Ania Loomba defines colonialism as the conquest and control of other people’s land and goods (8). The African continent has experienced direct European colonialism from the 1880s. According to A. Adu Boahen, the period 1890-1910 represents the conquest of Africa by whites and the period after the World War 1 up to 1935 is called ‘‘high noon’’ (13) of colonialism. It was conquest from…show more content…
For this, the full texts will be used. In the second part this research will deal with Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, No longer at Ease and Arrow of God (written in 1956, 1960 and 1964 in-respect) to explore his attitude towards colonialism as reflected in his fiction. For this, the full texts will be used. In this part, the research will particularly focus on the meeting and the points of departure between Achebe and the three writers mentioned before. Other questions that will be looked into are: 1. What are the meeting points and points of departure between Achebe and three other important African voices- Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o? 2. What is the socio-cultural impact of colonialism as seen in Achebe’s trilogy? 3. How is the psyche of Africans affected by the colonizers in the three novels of
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