Analysis Of Postcolonialism

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Literally, postcolonialism refers to the period following the decline of colonialism, e.g., the end or lessening of domination by European empires. Although the term postcolonialism generally refers to the period after colonialism, the distinction is not always made. Postcolonialism does not simply seek to tell the story of what happened after decolonization, but seeks a critical perspective on its ongoing, problematic legacy: as Young writes, “Postcolonial critique focuses on forces of oppression and coercive domination that operate in the contemporary world: the politics of anti-colonialism and neo-colonialism, race, gender, nationalism, class and ethnicities define its terrain” (Young, Robert ,2001: 11). A key theme here is that there is…show more content…
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Among the many challenges facing postcolonial writers are the endeavor both to resurrect their culture and to combat preconceptions about their culture. Edward Said, for example, uses the word Orientalism to describe the discourse about the East constructed by the West. Major figures include Edward Said (sah-EED), Homi Bhabha (bah-bah), Frantz Fanon (fah-NAWN), Gayatri Spivak, Chinua Achebe (ah-CHAY-bay) , Wole Soyinka, Salman Rushdie, Jamaica Kincaid, and Buchi Emecheta. As a matter of fact “Post(-)colonialism” (hereafter, including its other substantive forms, without a hyphen) is a slippery term, whether viewed up close, from within a field it names that is barely twenty-five years old, or from a distance. Within the field it is so omnipresent it seems to have existed forever, yet it is notoriously difficult to define, pivoting as it does around that powerful

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