By Sarah Demsky, Olivia Rae, and Jacob Ware
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This podcast explores the relationship between the colonizer and colonized, specifically noting how various postcolonial writers depict this relationship in works of fiction, poetry, and drama. Each writer characterizes this connection in a form that is uniquely their own; with some portraying it in terms of contrasting societal structures and differing religious and cultural beliefs and others depicting it as the internal struggle to form a national identity. Through these different depictions, postcolonial authors showcase the breadth and depth of how the relationship between colonizer and colonized can be characterized. Altogether, these portrayals help define postcolonial literature and how we view colonialism today.
For this podcast, primary sources from postcolonial literature will be used, including Brian Friel’s Translations, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and Derek Walcott’s Collected Poems 1948-1984. It will also reference secondary sources such as Charles Pollard’s “Traveling with Joyce: Derek Walcott’s Discrepant Cosmopolitan Modernism,” Diana Rhoads Aker’s “Culture in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,” and Suzy Holstein’s “Carrying across into Silence: Brian Friel’s Translations.” Finally, we will utilize postcolonial theoretical texts such as Homi Bhabha’s chapter, “Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse” from The Location of Culture, Edward Said’s essay “Collaboration, Independence, and Liberation” from Culture and Imperialism, Frantz Fanon’s chapter “On Violence” from The Wretched of the Earth.
*This podcast’s featured image visually depicts forms of hybridity, mimicry, and ambivalence through the Queen of England’s assessment of colonial troops in Africa. This image may be found here.