A familiar lesson in elementary history might be that a conquered people will generally acculturate into the dominant culture of their conquerors. However, the process of how these two cultures interact is often not that simple. For example, the term transculturation was coined in the 1940s by sociologist Fernando Oritz to describe the process by which a conquered people choose and select what aspects of the dominant culture they will assume (Pratt 589). Unlike acculturation, transculturation recognizes the power of the subordinate culture to create its own version of the dominant culture. In an essay entitled, "The Arts of the Contact Zone," author Mary Louise Pratt argues that transculturation does not have to be …show more content…
The personal struggle characteristic of this transculturation finally emerges in the last stanza of Walcott's poem:
Where shall I turn, divided to the vein?
I who have cursed
The drunken officer of British rule, how choose
Between this Africa and the English tongue I love? (26-29).
From this it is clear that the narrator is having difficulty choosing between the two cultures in his personal struggle with transculturation. In an essay entitled "Conflicting Loyalties in 'A Far Cry from Africa,'" the author, Heather Bradley contends, "this