Postcolonialism And Colonialism

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Examine the postcolonial aspect of the construction of masculinity in The Harder they Come. To effectively consider the thrust of the question posed – examining the construction of masculinity in The Harder They Come in its postcolonial aspect – a focused consideration of key terms is essential. It is not just the indicated “postcolonial” and “masculinity” but “colonialism” too which must be considered. An absent, but still implicit in the essay’s stimulus, concept like “imperialism” does bear significance to the question asked and present potential problems in the way as to correctly define them in keeping with the Jamaican film under consideration The Harder They Come. Morrell and Stewart’s seemingly glib definition of postcolonialism as “the period after colonialism” (91: 2004) does not seem particularly helpful. As Ashcroft et al note the term itself “was a state of disciplinary and interpretative contestation almost from the beginning” but for the purpose of this essay the most satisfactory, and concise, definition would be that used by “literary critics to discuss the various cultural effects of colonisation” (186: 1998). In considering postcolonialism, a definition of colonialism is essential and here Morrell and Stewart examine the concept effectively in noting that it “…refers to the political ideologies that legitimated the modern occupation and exploitation of already settled lands by external powers. For the indigenous populations, it meant that suppression of
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