Defining Representation Representation is a critical concept not only in postcolonial studies and academia, but in the larger cultural milieu.…

Edward Said’s evaluation and critique of the set of beliefs known as Orientalism forms an important background for postcolonial studies.…

The methods of partitioning land have undergone tremendous change since the thirteenth century. During medieval and renaissance times, royal dynasties…

The Colonizer In his essay “Literature and Society,” Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o explores the mechanisms of imperialism. To ensure economic and political control the…

Introduction Although implicit in many other types of fictional works, self-reflexivity often becomes the dominant subject of postmodern fiction. In…

Magical Realism A literary mode rather than a distinguishable genre, magical realism is characterized by two conflicting perspectives, one based…

“… make language stammer, or make it ‘wail,’ stretch tensors through all of language, even written language, and draw from…

Introduction Kathakali, literally translated as “story-play,” is a classical Indian dance rooted in Hindu mythology. This dance, which is briefly mentioned…

The “Public” and “Private” Realms of Political Personhood Colonial powers brought with them daunting philosophical, theological, naval and mercantile traditions…

Historical Background South Africa is a land of abundant natural resources, mild climate, and fertile lands. Resources range from diamond…

Biography Frantz Fanon’s relatively short life yielded two potent and influential statements of anti-colonial revolutionary thought, Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The…

A critic of the way sinologists, Orientalists, and Western intellectuals have traditionally approached China and the “East,” Rey Chow refuses…

Nigerian Literature – Cries of Protest Nigerian literature often expresses the struggles of a nation that has survived the exploitation of colonialism…

Biography The highly acclaimed director and producer from India, Mira Nair leapt into the world’s spotlight with her film Salaam, Bombay!…