It is also closely associated with the question of identity. A culture of a particular ethnic group is the result of a set of values and practices shared and upheld by its members. Languages, religion, dress and food habits are some of the most salient features of a given culture. For example, the Sikh community may be sighted for whom wearing of the turban is essential and which, not only functions as a distinct religious denominator but also as a visible clear manifestation of their collective identity.
Post-colonial literature often involves writings that deal with issues of decolonization or the political and culture independence of people formerly subjugated to colonial rule.
Postcolonialism (postcolonial theory,postcolonian studies,Post-colonial theory) is a specifically postmodern intellectual discourse that consists of reactions to, and analysis of, the culture legacy of colonialism and imperialism. Postcolonialism is defined in anthropology as the relations between European nations and areas they colonized and once …show more content…
Home K. Bhabha feels the postcolonial world should valorize spaces of mixing: spaces where truth and authenticity move aside for ambiguity. This space of hybridty, he argues, offers the most profound challenge to colonialism.
Postcolonialism deals with cultural in colonized societies: the dilemmas of developing a national identity after colonial rule; the ways in which writers articulate and celebrate that identity (often reclaiming it from and maintaining strong connections with the colonizer); the ways in which the knowledge of the colonized (subordinated)people has been generated and used to serve the colonizer’s interest; and the ways in which the colonizer’s literature has justified colonialism via images of the colonised as a perpetually inferior people, society and culture.
Multiculturalism offers preferable alternatives as it dispenses with the notion of separate cultural groups by acknowledging the fluidity of cultural identity and mutual influence of one culture identity on another. A major feature of Canadian literature is the concern with either developing or recovering an appropriate identifying relationship between self and place that the process of subjectivity can be