By Mr. Pseudonym, Jessica Barrett, and Michael James

Follow this link to listen to Postcolonial Ponderings on Conquered Cultures.

This podcast presents an episode of Postcolonial Ponderings and aims to educate the listener on colonialism and its effect on the cultures of colonized peoples. With the aid of a variety of literary, theoretical, and scholarly sources, the podcast discusses how the British Empire impacted native cultures within Africa, Ireland, and the Caribbean. This podcast also illuminates the connections formed between both groups as a result of colonialism, evidencing how colonizers impacted the day-to-day lives of those they colonized, not only during periods of occupation, but long after. Throughout the podcast, we examine colonizers’ propensities to disregard the cultures of colonized people as well as the effects produced by this disregard. Altogether, this podcast brings to light aspects of the cultural consequences of colonialism that impact once-colonized societies to this day.

The works referenced in this podcast include Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Brian Friel’s Translations, Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place, Geeta Chowdhry’s “Familiarity, Empathy, and Contempt,” Sally Merry’s “Colonial Law and Its Uncertainties,” Derek Peterson’s “Colonizing Language? Missionaries and Gikuyu Dictionaries, 1904 and 1914,” Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture, Wole Soyinka’s Myth, Literature, and the African World, and Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.

*The featured image of this podcast is the Rhodes Colossus, a symbol of colonial power in Africa.


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