Pauline Dodgson Special Commissioned Essay on Modern African Literature Modern African Literature And Other Literary Movements

Modern African Literature And Other Literary Movements

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL WRITING

Colonial Discourse: Colonial discourse theory, particularly the theory of Orientalism, expounded by Edward Said in Orientalism (1978), has shown how the Western male colonialist constructed the native as “Other” to himself. This Other was seen as inferior, subservient, effeminate, and emotional rather than rational. In this representation, the Western male is able to define himself in relation to his difference and superiority to the Other. The Other may represent an underground or surrogate self that the Western male fears will come to the surface but that he wishes to repress. Said developed his theory through analysis of the power...

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