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  • Postcolonial Literature Essay

    There is currently a growing body of research in postcolonial criticism and analysis of Renaissance literature. Inspired by efforts to decolonize the canon, I am interested in studying the roots of colonialism in the Renaissance and its influence on the modern world. In my second year of undergraduate study, I was introduced to postcolonial literature and theory in an introductory course with Dr. Stanka Radović. Reading polemic texts, as well as ‘subalterns’ writing back or breaking away from the literary canon, made me aware of the political aspect of literature and the political forces that shape both the writing and reading of literature. It awakened a new understanding of the world that I could not neglect, not only when reading literature,…

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  • Dislocating Culture Summary

    A Reaction to Narayan’s Dislocating Cultures. Uma Narayan’s article raises multiple questions about how third world issues are perceived by western bodies. In her article, Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions, and Third World Feminism, she looks at the “‘effects’ that national contexts have on the construction of feminist issues and the ways in which understandings of issues are then affected by border crossings across national boundaries” and how culture is invoked in explaining the…

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  • Postcolonial Lens Essay

    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…

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  • Smith Family Christmas Analysis

    Postcolonial author Zadie Smith offers “a new rhythm of life” in her fiction (Fanon 1442). Born in London, England to a Jamaican mother and British father, Smith’s stories of multicultural families and the-search-for-self narrative examine the postcolonial world with humor. Her novels and essays, including White Teeth, The Autograph Man, and NW, invoke the existence of a new type of character, the displaced but hopeful hybrid. Psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon describes postcolonial…

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  • Cat And Shakespeare And The Double Hook: An Analysis

    Tiffin makes a comparative study of the use of colonial motifs in The Cat and Shakespeare and The Double Hook. In her comments on Rao’s book, she says that both the title and the concerns of the novel points at a political purpose is jumbled up with a philosophical theme. Further in the course of her article, she asks whether the book can be called a postcolonial text. Because it displays that “the community, its beliefs and rituals are in no sense disrupted by the history of British colonialism…

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  • Historical Contexts And Summary Of Linda Rushdie's Literature

    the particular time of his confinement. He feels obliged to utter the fact that he was born at the exact time of the liberation of India which was on Midnight of 15th August , 1947. Hence of Saleem’s precise stand as a midnight’s child born at the same time India gained its independence from the British colonial imperative, his life story enterprises together with with that of the nation. Saleem fuses his life with the political life of his nation. This insinuation of his birth gives the chance…

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  • Analysis Of Bapsi Sidhwa's Novel Ice-Candy Man

    Abstract: Bapsi Sidhwa’s third novel Ice-Candy Man was published in 1991. In America, her publishers Milkweed Editions published it under the title of Cracking India. Using a child narrator named Lenny, the novelist presents the Kaleidoscopically changing socio political realities of the Indian sub-continent just before the partition. This extremely sensitive story takes up the themes of communal tensions, using religion as a way to define individual identity, territorial cravings political…

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  • What Is The Difference Between Hal And Djebar By Edward Said

    in an undetermined manner. Incorporating reviews and critiques of Said will help me present a rounded, unbiased view of his work within my dissertation. In this article, Mortimer discusses the work of Edward Said and the continuation of his concepts in the works of Algerian novelist Assia Djebar. He offers a contrapuntal reading of Said and Djebar, ultimately addressing the Maghrebian colonial experience which is an area which Said does not cover in Orientalism. This article is a valuable…

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  • The Origins Of Post-colonism And Colonialism

    The origin of Postcolonial criticism was marked, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, by critics’ efforts to “undermine the text of colonial authority as well as to install a distance from the concepts of anticolonialist theory” (Parry, 2004: 67). It was referred to as ‘colonial discourse analysis’. Postcolonial criticism emerged with Edward W. Said’s Orientalism, it acquired the name ‘postcolonialism’ in the late 1980s. It is concerned with historical, political, cultural and textual outcomes of…

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  • Joseph Heller's Character Comparison In Catch 22 And Gilgamesh

    ASSIGNMENT 7: ESSAY After analysing the character of Yossarian from Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 in comparison to Gilgamesh from The Epic of Gilgamesh, we can conclude by saying that post-modern writers often went back to classical literature for inspiration. This statement can be proven by referring to the similarities and differences between the protagonist as well as the archetypal plots and themes. In literature we find two types of heroes: heroes and antiheroes. The difference between the two…

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