Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2019)
Postcolonial literature: A definitive and analytical study
Author(s): Bilal Ahmad Dar
Abstract: The words ‘Postcolonial’ and ‘Postcolonialism’ are often used when we talk about the countries, states etc. that have gone through the bitter period of colonialism and imperialism. Colonialism, as we know, is the process of subjugating the weaker and less powerful country by the more powerful and dominating one. Writers from the erstwhile colonies like Africa, Somalia, Australia, India, Pakistan, Ireland, Trinidad etc. have profusely written both poetry and fiction through which they have projected the colonial ideologies and violence perpetrated by the colonizers against the colonized. Alongside this, they have also shown the resistance and rebellion of the Natives against their colonial masters or colonizers. The binary of colonizer and colonized is one of the main subtexts of Postcolonial Literature and Postcolonial Theory. Postcolonial Literature addresses the issues of subalternity, oppression, resistance, and revolt. The papers attempts to explain and highlight through an analytical study what Postcolonial Literature is all about. Besides this, an attempt will be made to define Postcolonial criticism in its right and proper perspective.