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What are themes of Postcolonial literature?What are themes of Postcolonial literature?

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manahil | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 30, 2011 at 2:12 AM via web

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What are themes of Postcolonial literature?

What are themes of Postcolonial literature?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM (Answer #2)

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As with any literary movement that is so focused on the relationship between individuals and their social order in the development of the identity of both, there are many themes in Postcolonial literature.  I think that one particular theme resides in the construction of individual identity.  Much of the literature that comes out of Postcolonialism is very concerned with being able to assess the full effect of the role that social orders play in how individuals perceive themselves and their world.  Of particular importance to the work of Postcolonial literature is how indigenous and external societies clash with one another, oftentimes with the result left upon the psyche of the individual.  Within this arena, the effect of race and ethnicity becomes examined, as consciousness becomes products of a Colonial and Postcolonial setting.  Finally, I think that another theme is how individuals have to endure a level of struggle in trying to articulate their own sense of understanding of the shift that happens during the Colonial period as well as the realities that exist after it.

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