I was given an assignment to read a short story and analyze it from a New Historicism and Postcolonialism perspective I would like a reccomendation on a short story based on this, and a explanation...

I was given an assignment to read a short story and analyze it from a New Historicism and Postcolonialism perspective

I would like a reccomendation on a short story based on this, and a explanation why, the short story reccomended is suited from this kind of analysis

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While arguably an essay rather than a short story, “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell is a good subject for an analysis of the colonial/postcolonial dilemma for Europeans. Fresher and less traveled might be the colonization of Central and South America, particularly by the Spanish, and the short stories of Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. May I recommend specifically Marquez’ "Big Mama's Funeral" (original Spanish-language title: Los funerales de la Mamá Grande), which criticizes “magic realism,” the antithesis of European Christianity (the ostensible "reason" for colonialization -- the conversion of the "heathen"), while at the same time satirizing Latin American culture in general (it takes place in Colombia). The main character, “Big Mama,” can be compared and contrasted with European dictatorial colonial tyrants. The essence of post-colonial criticism is the postmodern unveiling of the automatic assumptions of the traditional reader who brings European baggage of cultural superiority and assumed hegemony to all literature. This story has the added advantage of being humorous.

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