Colonialism and Beyond Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness

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Colonialism and Beyond Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness

 

My entire education has taken place in the United States of America. It has consisted of public school, college, and graduate school. I only had one teacher during my public school career who wasn't white. I had a female African-American English teacher when I was in Junior High School. The student body of my junior high school was over ninety-percent black, yet our faculty was entirely white with the exception of two black teachers. So, during my entire elementary and high school careers I never saw a person of color in the front of the class.

 

I vividly remember that the only time black people (or non-whites) were discussed was in history
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This immersion gave us a sense of who we were (an identity) while allowing us to see our true potential.

 

Graduate school has allowed me to recognize and identify the role that the canon and world view play in who is read and from what perspective. Clearly Eurocentrism dominates our institutions of higher learning and what is considered or understood to be American. Overridingly American Poetry means Whitman, Eliot, Pound , Crane etc. While a course on the American Novel usually translates into Twain, Dreiser, Faulkner, Howell etc.

 

A course on colonial and post-colonial literature satisfies my cravings for thought and literature that falls outside of the mainstream of the Eurocentric view of things. Achebe, Walcott, Arundhati, and Kincaid etc. the so-called marginalized- third-world writers provide another perspective, another glimpse of reality as they see and experience it. Hopefully this journal will juxtapose colonial and post-colonial perspectives. I'm also interested in the struggle between the 'old' and the 'new' (tradition vs. modernity) and how this represents itself in African culture and African literature.

 

One of the most well known post-colonial writers is Chinua Achebe. He was born in Ogidi in eastern Nigeria on November 16, 1930, to Isaiah Okafor Achebe and Janet Achebe. Even though his parents were devout evangelical Protestants, they

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