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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen
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Provide a postcolonial reading of Pride and Prejudice.

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Post-colonial literature is a term that describes literature written after a country’s colonial period.  It typically describes how a new country is formed, and recovers from the legacy of colonialism.  Pride and Prejudice , on the other hand, is novel of Victorian England.  While England itself was never a colony,...

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Post-colonial literature is a term that describes literature written after a country’s colonial period.  It typically describes how a new country is formed, and recovers from the legacy of colonialism.  Pride and Prejudice, on the other hand, is novel of Victorian England.  While England itself was never a colony, it did have many colonies in Africa, Asia and the Americas.  Many of the ideas of Victorian England were imposed upon some of these colonies of Great Britain.  For example, ideas relating to property and marriage were brought over. 

Pride and Prejudice describes issues of social class, especially related to property and marriage.  Social class and marrying to improve one’s fortune were just as common among the expatriates who traveled from Victorian England to its various colonies.  They brought their prejudices, ideas and traditions with them.

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