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  Postcolonial Literature of the Caribbean, A Pathfinder
Postcolonial cultural and literary theories trace the origins of forms of cultural expression in postcolonial societies, elucidating the interconnectedness of the colonized and the colonizer as manifested in linguistic, semiotic, and aesthetic traditions.
In this postcolonial era, the culture of Caribbean societies still bear historical, political, linguistic, and cultural influences of colonization, and postcolonial theories are being utilized to develop critical frameworks by which to understand the impact of these influences on contemporary forms of cultural expression which have developed in the Caribbean.
In studying the postcolonial Caribbean and its literature, researching the history of discovery, slavery, imperialism, colonization, and independence movements in the Caribbean is an important foundation for a critical analysis of its art, literature and culture.
www.albany.edu /~es1422/Pathfinder.html   (4399 words)

  
  Post-colonialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As a literary theory or critical approach it deals with literature produced in countries that were once, or are now, colonies of other countries.
Postcolonial theory became part of the critical toolbox in the 1970s, and many practitioners take Edward Said's book Orientalism to be the theory's founding work.
Attempts at coming up with a single definition of postcolonial theory have proved controversial, and some writers have strongly critiqued the concept, which is embedded in identity politics.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Post-Colonialism   (499 words)

  
 Literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Literature is literally "acquaintance with letters" as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning "an individual written character (letter)").
Critics may exclude works from the classification "literature", for example, on the grounds of a poor standard of grammar and syntax, of an unbelievable or disjointed story-line, or of inconsistent or unconvincing characters.
Some recent philosophy works are argued to merit the title "literature", such as some of the works by Simon Blackburn; but much of it does not, and some areas, such as logic, have become extremely technical to a degree similar as that of mathematics.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Literature   (2533 words)

  
 Postcolonial literature: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Literature is literally "an acquaintance with letters" as in the first sense given in the oxford english dictionary (from the latin littera meaning "an...
Postcolonial theory (postoriental) is a literary theory or critical approach that deals with literature produced in countries that were once, or are now, colonies...
Postcolonial theory (postoriental) is a literary theory or critical approach that deals with literature produced in countries that were once, EHandler: no quick summary.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/p/po/postcolonial_literature.htm   (767 words)

  
 Postcolonial literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Postcolonial literature is a branch of Postmodern literature concerned with the political and cultural independence of peoples formerly subjugated in colonial empires.
Post-colonial literary critics re-examine classic literature with a particular focus on the social "discourse" that shaped it.
Joseph Conrad and Charlotte Brontë are not "post-colonial" authors per se, but are of specific interest within postcolonial theory in part because postcolonial authors such as Chinua Achebe and Jean Rhys (among others) engage and rework their novels.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Postcolonial_literature   (260 words)

  
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Carol Breckenridge and Peter van der Veer, in an anthology devoted to the problem of knowledge-construction in postcolonial studies, characterize the "growing awareness of the role of academic disciplines in the reproduction of patterns of domination" as the central "predicament" of the postcolonial intellectual (1).
Postcolonial critics and theorists have failed to examine the difference of Latin America" (383); then, using Slavoj Zizek's theories of ideology and political subjecthood, Colás goes on to demonstrate a different understanding of the term postcolonial in its function of a "self-styled" illusion (392).
Rey Chow draws our attention to the status of literature in the age of cultural studies: she argues that one of the most "devastating aspects" of new technological organizations of knowledge is the "marginalization" of literature within cultural studies (132).
www3.iath.virginia.edu /pmc/text-only/issue.998/9.1ghosh.txt   (6789 words)

  
 Some Issues in Postcolonial Theory
Postcolonial theory is also built around the concept of resistance, of resistance as subversion, or opposition, or mimicry -- but with the haunting problem that resistance always inscribes the resisted into the texture of the resisting: it is a two-edged sword.
The idea that good or high literature may be irrelevant and misplaced at a point in a culture's history, and therefore for a particular cultural usage not be good literature at all, is difficult for us who are raised in the culture which strong aesthetic ideals to accept.
Every colony had an emerging literature which was an imitation of but differed from the central British tradition, which articulated in local terms the myths and experience of a new culture, and which expressed that new culture as, to an extent, divergent from and even opposed to the culture of the "home", or colonizing, nation.
www.brocku.ca /english/courses/4F70/postcol.html   (1205 words)

  
 Chapter 3. 3.: New English Literatures Online
African-American literature, however, is regarded as postcolonial because of its African and European cultural origins, and because of its marginal status.
In order to understand the concept of postcolonial literature it is necessary to be familiar with colonialism which is, according to Boehmer, "associated with the expansion of the European nation-state in the nineteenth century".
As for postcolonial literature, there are not many texts available on the new medium, mainly because of the copyright situation, since most of the texts were written after 1923.
www.uni-bayreuth.de /departments/anglistik/Chapter3_3.htm   (1498 words)

  
 World (Postcolonial) Literature in English
Similarly, faculty lines in non-British and -American literatures in English remain disproportionately thin, and often require faculty hires to represent vast geographic, cultural and historical swathes in a way that would be unacceptable to scholars specializing in other areas of literary studies, such as twentieth-century American or nineteenth-century British literature.
Fraser's focus in on how "postcolonial aesthetics reveals itself in practice," and his study focuses on distinctive uses of person, tense, voice, tone, mood, typology, symbol and myth in postcolonial texts, which dramatize the conflict of "writing in a language other than the mother tongue." Includes a very useful thematic bibliography and index.
The section on West Indian literature is organized into short thematic chapters, dealing with themes like anti-imperialism and nationalism, the treatment of race, the theme of childhood, the treatment of women, the theme of migration, the Rastafarian, post-independence critiques, carnival, and calypso.
www.library.rochester.edu /index.cfm?page=1767   (13312 words)

  
 Introduction page
For that matter, other settler countries such as Canada and Australia are sometimes omitted from the category "postcolonial" because of their relatively shorter struggle for independence, their loyalist tendencies toward the mother country which colonized them, and the absence of problems of racism or of the imposition of a foreign language.
Still others berate the tendency in the Western academy to be more receptive to postcolonial literature and theory that is compatible with postmodern formulations of hybridity, syncretization, and pastiche while ignoring the critical realism of writers more interested in the specifics of social and racial oppression.
Further, the rise of Postcolonial Studies at a time of growing transnational movements of capital, labor, and culture is viewed by some with suspicion in that it is thought to deflect attention away from the material realities of exploitation both in the First and the Third World.
www.english.emory.edu /Bahri/Intro.html   (1341 words)

  
 ako04
Next, I examine the concept of commonwealth literature and the controversies surrounding it, and lastly, I discuss selected aspects of the concept of postcolonial studies, the differences between commonwealth and postcolonial literature, and the concerns or characteristics of postcolonial literature.
Boehmer states in her Colonial and Postcolonial Literature that "in writings as various as romances, memoirs, adventure tales or the later poetry of Tennyson, the view of the world as directed from the colonial metropolis was consolidated and confirmed.
Unaddressed in the "post" in postcolonialism is the problem of the hierarchical relationships that exist between ethnic groups in the settler colonies as well as the different economic and cultural contexts of, for example, the Maori in New Zealand, the Aborigines in Australia, those between fl and white South African writers (see Bahri 84).
clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu /clcweb04-2/ako04.html   (3068 words)

  
 350.htm
This version of Postcolonial Literature studies the poetry, drama, and fiction of anglophone postcolonial writers from the perspective of cognitive approaches to literature.
This interdisciplinary exploration of a problem in postcolonial literature requires no background in cognitive science or philosophy, but interests in those areas will be a welcome addition to our discussions.
Topics include colonization and decolonization; writing in the colonizer’s language; influences of English and vernacular literatures; the relationship of the postcolonial to the postmodern; Orientalism; censorship; and the role of post-imperial Britain in the publication, distribution, and consumption of postcolonial literature.
home.wlu.edu /~keens/350.htm   (864 words)

  
 Rishona Zimring - Postcolonial Literature
When Chinua Achebe, the great Nigerian novelist and essayist, writes that “a Westerner would be most reluctant to destroy ‘in a page or two’ the very angel and paragon of creation—the individual hero.
All the major works, and the focus of our study, will be novels: our discussions will return repeatedly to literary questions such as the history and theory of the novel in world literature; the construction and re-construction of literary canons; the influence of modernism on postcolonial writing.
With primary attention focused on novels by writers such as Achebe, Rudyard Kipling, Jean Rhys, Buchi Emecheta, J. Coetzee, and Salman Rushdie, foremost throughout the semester will be the goal of appreciating and understanding the diversity and richness of extraordinarily beautiful, haunting, and provocative works of art.
www.lclark.edu /~zimring/postcolonial.html   (270 words)

  
 Native Intelligence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
“Literature” though it may be, postcolonial literature is studied and understood largely—and often solely—in social and political terms.
In Native Intelligence, Deepika Bahri focuses on postcolonial literature’s formal and aesthetic negotiations with sociopolitical concerns.
Throughout, Bahri shows how attention to the aesthetic innovations and utopian impulses of postcolonial works uncovers their complex and uneven relationship to ideology, reanimating their potential to make novel contributions to the larger project of social liberation.
www.upress.umn.edu /Books/B/bahri_native.html   (206 words)

  
 Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial criticism could be compared to the tendency of Hollywood films set in such countries to focus on the problems of Americans and Europeans within those societies while marginalizing the views of their native peoples.
Australians and Canadians sometimes claim to live in postcolonial societies, but many would refuse them the label because their literature is dominated by European immigrants, and is therefore a literature of privilege rather than of protest.
Similarly, the label is usually denied to U.S. literature, though America's identity was formed in contradistinction to that of England, because the U.S. is usually viewed as the very epitome of a modern neo-colonial nation, imposing its values, economic pressures, and political interests on a wide range of weaker countries.
www.wsu.edu /~brians/anglophone/postcolonial.html   (2277 words)

  
 reading list: Postcolonial Literature
In general, postcolonial literature refers to works written in the former colonies of Europe following the dissolution of colonial rule during the latter half of the twentieth century.
Texts from North and South America, Australasia, and Europe may also be described as postcolonial when they address issues of imperialism and its aftermath, such as nation building, race relations, diaspora, emigration, and exile.
Specialty areas are developed in consultation with, and subject to the approval of, a professor of postcolonial literature.
www.wmich.edu /english/gradhandbook/rdglist/PostCol.htm   (556 words)

  
 Post Colonialism: New Mailing List
POSTCOLONIAL is an electronic forum for discussion and experimentation rooted in postcolonial literature, film, and theory.
Postcolonial literature and film generally includes the cultural productions emerging out of the experience of colonization.
POSTCOLONIAL is brought to you by the Spoon Collective, a group of Net citizens devoted to free and open discussion of philosophical issues on the Internet.
www.africa.upenn.edu /Listserv/pstclnial_lst.html   (568 words)

  
 Bahri
She gives a thorough explanation of the terms colonial and postcolonial, and she explains other terms used to describe postcolonial literature, such as world fiction, commonwealth literature, and world literature in English.
This book was specifically helpful to me because it includes a world map of postcolonial countries, and it highlights some of the African authors that I am interested in, and I believe that students of postcolonial literature could benefit from the general explanations Boehmer provides.
Though this literature used to be seen as a “minor appendage to the genuine literature of Great Britian” (XV), it is now studied seriously.
www.auburn.edu /~thompmv/worldmaps/AnnotBib.htm   (1095 words)

  
 Postcolonial Theory Guide
Postcolonial Literature refers to writing by people from formerly colonized countries.
Many scholars, however, distinguish between "colonial discourse studies" -- analysis of texts produced mainly by colonists, sometimes by the colonized, during the actual period of colonization or imperial rule -- and "postcolonial studies" -- analysis of texts produced by the formerly colonized either after their nations gained independence or, if the countries remain ‘dependent’ (e.g.
Postcolonial Literary Theory emerges from the inability of EuroAmerican theory to escape false notions of "the universal." EuroAmerican historiography, philosophy, and literary study assume that many values and value-assigning practices, epistemologies, characteristics of language, genres, psychological and social models, and the like apply across time and place.
social.chass.ncsu.edu /wyrick/debclass/brief.htm   (1396 words)

  
 A. Waller Hastings Homepage
Children's Literature includes lecture notes for the current term and a link to previous terms' notes; an on-line version of L.
Postcolonial Literature includes lecture notes, sample assignments, and links to study guides for the South Dakota Humanities Council World Reading Series.
General literature is fairly undeveloped, but contains various notes relevant to other courses that are taught on an occasional basis, including 19th-century literature and literary criticism.
www.northern.edu /hastingw   (218 words)

  
 Postcolonial Theory and Criticiam: A Bibliography
Postcolonial Theory and Theatrical Resistance in Malaysia." SPAN: Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.
"Postcolonial Theory and 'Decolonization' of Chinese Culture." Ariel 28.4 (1997): 33-47.
"Postcoloniality and the Boundaries of Identity." Callaloo 16.4 (1993): 750-71.
www.postcolonialweb.org /poldiscourse/bibl.html   (8960 words)

  
 Introduction to International Literature and Postcolonial Theory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
During the fall semester students will be introduced to Postcolonial Theory.
Class discussion will involve sorting out the key points of these articles and how they relate to the larger body of postcolonial theory.
There will also be a class on how to research in the library and one or two computer labs to get students to familiarize themselves with researching internet sources.
www.angelfire.com /la/titinas   (605 words)

  
 Diana Brydon English 454F Postcolonial Literature and Theory -- Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
This course introduces students to the ongoing dialogues between postcolonial literatures and theory.
Postcolonial studies re-examine the history and legacy of colonialism, their relation to cultural representations, and to the formation and institutionalization of knowledge, but they also consider the ways in which creative expression negotiates and surpasses such influences.
The following sources are provided as a supplement to the core readings in Postcolonial Literature and Theory, an English course, at the University of Western Ontario.
publish.uwo.ca /~dbrydon/dynamic/454resources.html   (2739 words)

  
 Colonial/Post-Colonial Web Sites
POSTCOLONIALISM (definition) -- The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism, edited by, Childers, Joseph and Gary Hentzi.
Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature: An Overview (Brown University)
Span -- Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.
www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp /~matsuoka/postcolonialism.html   (457 words)

  
 Lehigh University :: Department of English
At Lehigh, Singh teaches British modernism, postcolonial literature and theory, and poststructuralism.
He has edited a special edition of the journal Polygraph, and has published essays on postcolonial literature and cultural studies in The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, M/C Reviews, Semeia, SAMAR, and Springerin.
He is currently at work on a book-length project theorizing secularism in a global frame.
www.lehigh.edu /~indrown/people/singh.html   (114 words)

  
 Canadian Literature | Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review
The Conference, entitled "Literature for our Times," will address the role and function of literature in the twenty-first century through keynotes, paper presentations, panel discussions and literary readings.
Congratulations to Canadian Literature Associate Editor Judy Brown who has received a 3M Teaching Fellowship and is featured in the April 2 issue of Maclean's.
In thoughtful and substantial ways, she encourages the rethinking of travel literature in Canada from a female perspective and reveals fresh insights for those revisiting the work of Jameson, Hubbard, and Laurence.
www.canlit.ca   (2874 words)

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