What is post-colonialism as a literary approach?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Post- colonialism seeks to analyze literature from a point of view that takes into account the differences in cultural expression.  As a literary approach, post- colonialism is steeped in the idea of duality.  It analyzes literature from the point of view of the relationship between those in the position of power and those not in the position of power.  Postcolonialism understands the concept of hybridity, the combination and convergence of practices and signs from the colonizer and the colonized cultures.  With this in mind, the postcolonial literary approach seeks to understand literature from both points of view, fully aware of the impact that both have one another.  Just as the experience of colonization impacted both those in and outside of the positions of power, its literary approach sought to understand both experiences in the field of writing and composition.