Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Post-colonialism: An Overview

Literally, the term "postcolonial literature" would seem to label literature written by people living in countries formerly colonized by other nations.

Post-colonialism is a literary practices (theory) that came to be part of critical tool book in 1970s with the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism. In his book Orientalism, Edward Said put forward the issue of ‘Resistance’ in the after months of colonial regime. It is a new critical space to relocate the anti-imperial trait and anti-colonial tempo with groundling from marginal societies. In the famous book, Empire Writes Back by Bill Ascheroft, Hellen Tiffin writes that post-colonialism is all about ‘replacing’ the social space and the linguistic space during the aftermaths of colonial regime. It's no surprise, then, that postcolonial works often address issues of identity, the loss of tradition, foreignness, power, and contrasting regions.

If we look into any post-colonial society, for example the Caribbean Culture is marked by the hybrid space, the literary space of Walcott, V.S Naipaul and many others reflect the West Indian hybridity through linguistic poly-rhythm, pidgin and Creole. Another good example is Kushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan (1956) which deals with the conflicts between Hindu-Muslim and the partition of India by the British. Joseph Conrad's
Heart of Darkness portrays the colonized Africans as savage in comparing with the European.

"Postcolonial Literature" is a hot commodity these days. On the one hand, writers like Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy are best-selling authors.


Find Me At Facebook

Latest Posts

Get Free Updates


A Renouncing of Love (1) African English Literature (2) Alexander Pope (4) American Literature (18) Analyses (23) Arthur Miller (5) Australian Literature (2) Beowulf (3) Biographies (11) Book Review (2) British Literature (63) Broad Notes (68) Charles Dickens (1) Charles Lamb (2) Chinua Achebe (1) Creative Writing (3) Diaspora (1) Drama (1) Dream Children: A Reverie (1) E-book Download (12) Edward II (3) Elizabethan Era (2) English Language (13) English Literature (7) Escapism (1) Essay (9) Essays (12) Explanations (3) Feminism (2) Francis Bacon (3) Genre (1) Hard Times (1) Heart of Darkness (1) Historical Novel (5) History of English Literature (21) Indian Drama (1) Indian Writing in English (14) Indo-Anglican Literature (15) Interesting Facts (8) Interpreter of Maladies (2) Jane Austen (1) Jayanta Mahapatra (1) Jhumpa Lahiri (1) John Donne (3) John Keats (1) Joseph Conrad (1) Knowledge and Wisdom (1) Leo Tolstoy (1) Linguistics (2) Literary Criticism (3) Literary MCQ (2) Literary Photo Album (1) Literary Terms (13) Literary Types (5) Lord of the Flies (1) Lyric (1) Macbeth (4) Man Eater of Malgudi (2) Midnight's Children (1) Modern Poetry (2) Motivational Short Story (21) My Penning (1) Nayantara Sahgal (1) Notes (1) Novel (34) O' Henry (1) Ode to a Nightingale (1) Ode to the West Wind (1) Of Friendship (1) Old Vs New Testament (1) On Fame (1) Othello (1) P B Shelley (1) Paulo Coelho (2) Philological Notes (8) Phonetics (3) Picaresque Novel (4) Plays (20) Poetry (31) Popular Literature (1) Pride and Prejudice (1) Prosody (3) Quiz (1) Quotations (6) Rabindranath Tagore (1) Rape of the Lock (2) Restoration Era (2) Rhetoric (2) Robert Browning (1) Romanticism (1) Seven Ages of Man (1) Shakespearean Influence (2) Shakespearean Plays (5) Shakespearean Sonnets (3) Short Notes (10) Short Stories (7) Substance Writing (1) Summary (7) Sylvia Plath (1) T. S. Eliot (1) Texts (11) The Crucible (3) The Golden Light (2) The Guide (1) The Pulley (2) The Rivals (1) The Sunne Rising (5) The Superannuated Man (1) The Town Week (1) Things Fall Apart (1) Toni Morrison (6) Tragedy (2) Untouchable (1) Way of the World (1) William Blake (1) William Golding (1) William Wordsworth (2) Word Notes & Annotations (1) Word Notes & Anotations (2)

Blog Archive