EPISTEMOLOGY OF POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES: A CASE FOR CONTEMPORARY ANALYSIS
Literary theories surpass space, time, genre and language, they are the unifying as well as the defining factors of creative exploits and prompt the readers to read, re-read, construct, deconstruct and reconstruct literary texts.
This is the age of hybridization of varied cultural, ethnic and linguistic voices and identities, where postcolonialism has emerged significantly as a critical discourse. However, before moving on to the aforementioned topic, first the terms ‘postcolonial’ and ‘post-colonial’ are to be differentiated. The hyphenated term post-colonial denotes to a particular period in the history or epoch, referring it to be post or after the time of colonialism, that is, end of the Empire, whereas the term postcolonial refers to the contrasting forms of ‘representations’, it is the analysis of this representation or ‘misrepresentation’ that are cultural and political as well as individual and collective. Thus, postcolonialism refers to certain stand points of the writers living in the colonized as well as post-independent worlds that deals with political and anthropological issues related to cultural representation, identity, homogenization, alienation, et cetera.
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