The Importance Of Colonialism

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Furthermore, due largely to these lingering effects of the colonial era, one may argue that Kincaid speaks about native Antinguans as if they exist soley as a form of bare life. Bare life, a theory developed and discussed by renowned Italian philosopher Georgio Agamben, posits that the “sheer biological fact of life is given priority over the way a life is lived, by which Agamben means its possibilities and potentialities” (Oxford 2018). With this state of bare life, individuals become reduced to mere bodies. Expression, culture, and individually become essentially ignored or deemed unimportant.

To further highlight the impact colonialism has had upon the geography of Antigua, Kincaid continually addresses two key symbolic elements that hold a significant degree of significance: the conept of the “ugly tourist”, and that of the old, decrepit, colonial-era library. First, to deconstruct the symbolism of the “ugly tourist”. Within Kincaid 's narrative, the tourist stands a both a lingering reminder of the impact of colonialism and as a direct conduit for the ongoing processes of neocolonialism. This is acutely symbolized in the form of the “incredibly unattractive, fat, pastrylike-fleshed” man and woman walking along the beach; their ugliness symbolic of the ugliness of coloinialism, and their pleasure representative of the exploitation of said coloinialism. Perhaps even more important, Kincaid brings to light the lack of critical understanding many tourists possess
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