Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Global Literature Lecture 44
- Four different perspectives of the colonial encounters:
• Commonwealth/New Literatures in English, Postcolonial, Global
- However, at Chimamanda Adichie’s “The Headstrong Historian”, the perspective shifted: the
theme of marginalized groups within postcolonial communities gained recognition. As well as
legacies, afterlives, and debris.
- End of the 20th century transformations in subjugation.
• Theme of women/gender. Very big theme in transformations.
- Gender, colonial violence, and response — the varieties of colonial experiences.
- Economic and cultural imperialism.
- All themes are transformed in perspective throughout the course.
- IMPORTANT THEMES:
• Commonwealth/New Literatures in English
• Marginalized groups
• Colonial violence + response
• Economic and cultural imperialism
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• Shortcoming of decolonization
• Diasporas and migration
- Movement is part of the colonial experience: moving from land to land and colonizing
these lands. | Yolland, Lancey in Brian Friel’s “Translations.”
Slaves being transported between lands.
• Abam destroyed: these men sit down and talk about “the white man taking slaves
- Until they were threatened by colonial violence, they need not think of violence that
enraptures the slaves.
- Yes, Abam is a marginalized group, but their marginalization is normalized.
- Vandana Singh, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ping Chin Woon, Dany Lefferriere, Derek
Walcottare all diasporic writers.
• Colonial experiences
- The Woman who thought she was a Planet demonstrates the multiplicity of colonial
experience in the same setting. For example, “Hunger” focuses an apartment building