By Ania Loomba
This available creation explores the ancient dimensions and theoretical thoughts linked to colonial and post-colonial reviews. Ania Loomba examines the main positive aspects of the ideologies and heritage of colonialism, the connection of colonial discourse to literature, demanding situations to colonialism, and up to date advancements in post-colonial theories and histories within the writings of up to date theorists, together with Edward acknowledged, Abdul JanMohamed, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Spivak. Loomba additionally seems at how sexuality is figured within the texts of colonialism, and the way modern feminist principles and ideas intersect with these of post-colonialist inspiration. transparent and concise, Colonialism/Postcolonialism is a needs to for a person eager to comprehend this significant and intricate region.
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Said's project is to show how 'knowledge' about non-Europeans was part o f the process of maintaining power over them; thus the status o f 'knowledge' is demystified, and the lines between the ideological and the objective blurred. It was not, Said suggests, that Europeans were 'telling lies'. or that they individuall y disliked non-Western peoples or cultures. I n t h e case o f Richard Burton (the translator into English o f b w k s like The Arabian h;iRht,, The K d a i y a t of Ormv Khay>am and The K a m Sn/m) for example, Said points out that no man who did not know Arabic and Islam as well as Burton could have gone as far as he did in actually becoming a pilgrim to Mecca and Medina.
The differences of distance factored themselves out of the picture: with respect to mimosas, Greece could be the same a s Venezuela, West Africa, o r Japan; the label 'granite peaks' can apply identically t o Eastern Europe, the Andes, or the American West. (Pratt 1992: 3 1 ) However, Richard H. Grove's Green Iniperialisn~points our that Linnaeus's classificarory system, which he thought of as a large map of the world, was also profoundly indebted to the South Indian Ezhava system of classif ying plants (1995: 90).
But he is still distinguished from men whose heads grow beneath their shoulders. European travel accounts and literatures were acutely conscious of these differences. T h e 'wild man' and the 'barbarian' wcre not identical - the former lived outside civil society, the latter was part o f a n alien social system (White 1987: 165). De Bry's volumrs graphically portrayed America as a land of cannibalism as well as of noble savages. T h e p i n t is that both images posited an irreduc~bledifference between Americans and Europrans, and that this difference was reproduced in a wide range of materials, some obviously fictional and some passing as fiact.