Postcolonization And Creolization In Samuel Selvon's Novel

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Samuel Selvon is one of the most popular and internationally acclaimed contemporary postcolonial Caribbean writers. He is placed apart by the sheer range and variety of his published works, which include ten novels and a collection of short stories (Ways of Sunlight), a great number of short stories, poems and essays to newspapers and magazines and several plays for radio and television. He is also renowned because he became one of the founding fathers of the Caribbean literacy renaissance of the 1950s. As a postcolonial writer, Selvon seeks to illustrate the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized. Homi K Bhabha, a contemporary postcolonial critic, employs some postcolonial notions like ‘hybridity,’ ‘unhomeliness,’ ‘creolization,’ ‘mimicry,’ and ‘ambivalence’ to depicts this relationship between the colonizer and colonized. In this research paper, an attempt has been made to identify the postcolonial problems like ‘stereotyping,’ ‘mimicry,’ ‘hybridity’ and ‘creolization’ in Selvon’s novels. The characters in Selvon novels are best example of postcoloniality, they are away from their ‘homes’ and have to accept the rules and customs of the dominant ‘white’ culture in which they find themselves ‘unhomed’. As Bhabha opines, the immigrant characters are ‘psychological refugees’ who do not know to which culture they belong, to their West Indian culture or to the British culture. They do not know which culture should be of value to them as a result of which their
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