What does Post Colonial mean?
Ania Loomba’s essay indicates the problems of defining it – indicating instead the range
of its meanings
Let’s begin by defining Colonialism:
Conventional, literal definition of Colonization: a body of people from one geographical
area creating a settlement or colony in a new locality but maintaining connections with
parent state and remaining politically subject to it
Parent state = Metropole; occupied land = Colony
Relationship – Metropole-Colony = Center-Margin
But what about the population already occupying the “new locality”? What happens to their
communities, languages, culture?
Colonization “locked the original inhabitants and the newcomers into the most complex
and traumatic relationships in human history.”
Colonization devalued a nation’s past, culture, history, progress in favor of a preference
for Eurocentric norms, customs, language, culture. Forming a