Postcolonialism Essays

  • Postcolonialism And Colonialism

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    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

  • Postcolonialism And Post Colonialism

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    It goes without saying that postcolonialism seeks to undermine and transform the dominance of Eurocentrist colonial discourses. It searches, as David Spur put it, for “alternatives to the discourses of the colonial era” (1993: 6) and “changes the world, providing interpretations that have practical consequences” (Schwarz 2005: 4). The postcolonial counter-hegemonic project interrogates and disintegrates any form of imperialism (Xie 1997: 17-18). Postcolonialism is, then, “about a changing world,

  • Post-Colonialism And Postcolonialism

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    Post-colonialism (or often postcolonialism) deals with the effects of colonization on cultures and societies. As originally used by historians after the SecondWorldWar in terms such as the post-colonial state, ‘post-colonial’ had a clearly chronological meaning, designating the post-independence period. However, from the late 1970s the term has been used by literary critics to discuss the various cultural effects of colonization. Although the study of the controlling power of representation in colonized

  • Cultural Relationship Between Colonialism, Postcolonialism And Postmodernism

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    multiple ‘post’ realities of today: poststructuralism, postcolonialism and postmodernism.” (Simon, 1996 cited in Munday 2008: 131) Moreover, postcolonialism, as generally defined by Munday (2008: 131), is the term utilised to describe the studies of the history and culture of the former colonies and their conquerors, the opposition towards the European imperialists and the power relationships among them. Translation is closely linked to postcolonialism as both postcolonial writing and translation are influenced

  • Orientalism And Postcolonialism

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    Postcolonialism is an academic discipline including methods of intellectual discourse that examine, explain, and reply to the cultural legacies of colonialism and imperialism, to the human values of guiding a country and establishing colonists for the economic abuse of the native people and their land. Postcolonialism seeks to contribute in the formation of truths, based on separate modes of sense and forms of knowledge that advance justice, peace and political pluralism. Moreover, postcolonialism

  • Essay On Post Colonialism

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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

  • Colonialism And Postcolonialism

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    Abstract Colonialism/Postcolonialism is a remarkably comprehensive yet accessible guide to the historical and theoretical dimensions of colonial and postcolonial studies. National fantasies are they colonial, anti-colonial or postcolonial also play upon the connection between woman, land or nation. Feminist theory and postcolonial theory are occupied with similar questions of representation, voice, marginalization, and the relation between politics and literature. Given

  • Colonial Discourse In Literature

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    sight. "This discourse isn 't very kind to colonized peoples. It usually portrays them as savages, as uncivilized, as lazy, and as servants while colonizers themselves are usually presented as civilized and benevolent and generous." ( theory) The most important goal

  • The Importance Of Micry In Colonial Discourses

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    1.2.4. Mimicry in Colonial discourses This term was used to describe the ambivalent nature between the colonizers and colonized in colonial and postcolonial discourses. In these discourses where the colonized subjects mimic by repeating their colonial master’s cultural habits, assumptions, language, institutions, values, voices etc. the result is never a simple re-presentation or reproduction of those traits but rather a ‘ blurred copy’ a ‘camouflage’ which can be quite disruptive. Mimicry is

  • Postcolonial And Post Colonialism

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    hands. The prefix “post-” in ‘post-colonial’ refers to a historical relation, to a period after colonialism. It indicates chronological signification. The term ‘postcolonial’ is used to refer to the consequences of colonialism. By definition, postcolonialism is a period of time after colonialism, and postcolonial literature is typically characterized by its opposition to the colonial. However, some critics have argued that any literature that expresses an opposition to colonialism, even if it is produced

  • Colonialism In Literature

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    Adepts of literary studies have ever had a vast dispute over a precise definition of (Post-) Colonialism. First, the term needs to be split up in its components, since Postcolonialism concentrates particularly on the effects of colonialisation, while Colonialism rather centralises “the [actual] conquest and control of other people’s land and goods” (Loomba 20). According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), colonialism is described as a settlement in a new country … a body of people who settle

  • Hybridization In Postcolonialism

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    Hybridity/Hybridization in postcolonialism comes to show a combination of two cultures or more and the culturally hybrid person is supposed to live with such a culture in his/her community. However, when you probe deeply into the lives of the hybrids, you find the hybrid unwelcome in the community he lives in, particularly in the Arab and Islamic communities, whereas he is welcome in other communities and cultures where the person represents a larger part of its culture and style of life (i.e. western

  • 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

  • Of Neocolonialism In Mahashweta Devi's 'Draupadi'

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    First of all we need to analyze about what is post colonialism? Postcolonialism or postcolonial studies is the academic study of the cultural legacy of colonialism and imperialism, focusing on the human consequences of the control and exploitation of colonised people and their lands. On a deeper level, postcolonialism examines the social and political power relationships that sustain colonialism and neocolonialism, including the social, political and cultural narratives surrounding the coloniser

  • Postcolonial Theory Of Colonialism In Literature

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    Postcolonial theory is a literary theory or critical approach that deals with literature produced in countries that were once, or are now, colonies of other countries. It may also deals with literature written in or by citizens of colonizing countries that takes colonies or their peoples as its subject matter. The theory is based around concepts of otherness and resistance. It concentrates particularly on the way in which literature by the colonizing culture fabricate the experience and realities

  • Postcolonial Theory In Literature

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    colonized as inferior. However, attempts at coming up with a single definition of postcolonial theory have proved controversial, and some writers have strongly critiqued the whole concept. For the past two decades, both the term and the field of postcolonialism have

  • Post Colonialism In Literature

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    To identify the uniqueness and generosity of a particular work of art, a scholar needs the aid of literary theory since it lays down certain principles of literature which describe the features and forms that make up the literary work. Post colonial writings reflect the socio symbolic dimensions of the changed culture. In general, Post colonial writing refers to the literature written after the end of colonial rule or the enforced mass migrations of the slave trade because of the impact of colonialism

  • Examples Of Individualism In The Call Of The Wild

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    Jack London’s “The call of the wild” has a prominent place in the canon of American literature. Even though the novel is primarily the story of a dog named Buck, the book distinguishes itself from other animal adventures in its display of philosophical depth. An analysis through an eco-critical lens, narrowing it down to wilderness, the paper attempts to explore the portrayal of wilderness and the influence of wilderness on the lives of both the human and non- human beings in the novel. Buck, uprooted

  • A Summary Of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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    Literature is composed with many thoughts and ideas, the limitations are miniscule. For example, Sylvia Plath formulated her experiences and time period into a plot to compose her novel. As the book progresses, the protagonist provides insight on her journey and struggle to find happiness. In The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath utilizes an autobiographical protagonist to express purity versus impurity, as well as mind versus body in a world of double standards. Before one understands how Plath's experiences

  • Racism Quotes In Othello

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    Racism is an important feature of Shakespeare’s Othello.The play was written in a time were ethnic minorities were so unimportant that they were almost ignored. In the play “Othello”, a black man, is a well-respected and trusted general in Venice. However, when Othello marries Desdemona, the young and beautiful white daughter of Branbantio, boundaries seem to be broken. Racism is one of the most important themes in “Othello”. Race is one of the factors that Othello feels makes him an outsider, someone