Importance Of Postcolonial Literature

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Revising History Using A Different Lens
As the daughter of a Palestinian living in the diaspora, this class has helped me to appreciate the significance and the content of postcolonial literature. While authors such as Chinua Achebe, and Salman Rushdie appeal to me, because of my connection with Palestine, I am more likely to seek out authors that focus on the Middle East—especially Palestine, such as Edward Said. To me, the significance of postcolonial literature is more than just a re-visioning of past events. It can also hopefully serve as a lesson for mankind not to repeat past mistakes of colonialism and imperialism, to make a new future. The development and evolution of literary modes in postcolonial writing, particularly the concepts of magic realism, the lens, and the language in which it’s written, all work together to provide readers with a different perspective on history.
Colonial literature has evolved from being primarily written in the colonizers point of view to the eyes of the colonized. As we know, postcolonial literature only dates back to around the end of World War
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Rushdie used Indian myths, creatures, and gods in including the use of magic realism in Midnight’s Children. Through the use of magical realism Rushdie offered the reader a different interpretation of what occurred in India securing its independence from Great Britain. In the book Rushdie stated, “What 's real and what 's true aren 't necessarily the same” (37). In One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Marquez incorporates magical realism by including supernatural features such as flying carpets. He also depicts a grandiose character by the name of Melquiades who has supernatural powers. These characters and the way they are portrayed embody the concept of hybridity. They inspire the writers and the readers to explore history in their own

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