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gur1209 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM via web

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Does Postcolonial literature involve only the lieterature of colonized countries or does it also includes the literature of colonial countries?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 15, 2011 at 3:40 AM (Answer #1)

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The literature of the Post-colonialists encompasses any texts which focus upon races, cultures, and the idea of identity after the gaining of independence. This literature is not, necessarily, limited to only countries which have gained independence from other oppressive and controlling governments, but the colonization of any area throughout time.

Postcolonial literature, most famously, comes out of America, Africa, The Middle East, and Asia. In all of these areas, people have banded together to fight against the oppression of a governing power to declare their freedom. When successful, the "country" maintains colonization. Other times, the people may not be successful at removing oppressive power, but that does not take away the fact that the literature of the period can be (and is) considered Postcolonial.

Given that Postcolonial texts are derived from the fact that people are tired of oppression, sometimes brutal oppression, any text which depicts a desire and movement against the oppressive power is considered Postcolonial.

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salimj | College Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM (Answer #2)

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Post colonial literature basicaly include the literature of the colonized countries. But then we have a confusion regarding the identity of the literature of the literature of the colonized countries. Hence many of the scholars are of the opinion that if we have literature dealing with social, economical , political and cultural aspects of the colonized countries dealing with the impact of the colonization in those countries, can be considered as post colonial literature. The authors can be from both colonized and colonozer. The theme has to be from the commonwealth countries.

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