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  • Postcolonial

    Postcolonialism and Literature – Reading the others. Slavery and scars.

    Yesterday we looked at the definition of the colonised people by the colonisers thanks to the work of professor Edward Said. Today, I would like to explore another important issue related to the identity issue. First of all, be beware: there is not a real and ultimately valid truth in what we are discussing. Literature, like any other kind of art, cannot be as clearly defined as maths so, if you don’t agree, please take some time to share your views with us! Slavery. The unspeakable, peculiar institution. Take for example the Caribbean colonies: when Christopher Columbus arrived, native people were exterminated and when labourers (or, to put it plainly,…

  • Postcolonial

    Postcolonialism and Literature – Reading the others. An introduction.

    Reading Jillian’s blog A Room of One’s Own, I noticed that, despite she is reading the great classics of the American and English literature, she had forgotten part of the British Empire and its works: those from the colonies, productions that can be broadly labelled under  postcolonial literature. She was shocked and asked other readers for their opinion and me, obviously, for an explanation. So, after some talking, we’ve agreed a post would help many readers and, luckily, help them discover another perspective. So, why postcolonial? Why is it interesing? If the canon is the canon, there should be a reason for it, shouldn’t it? As a consequence, I am…

  • Poetry,  Postcolonial

    Poem: Prison by Mutabaruka

    It has just been published that Mubarak has renounced. So, in honour of those who have fought for the liberty of the whole country: Prisoner by: Mutabaruka You ask me if I have ever been to prison Been to Prison? Your world of murderer’s and thieves Of hatred and jealousy of death And you ask me if I have ever been to prison I answer, Yes I am still there trying to escape. I don’t usually like poetry, but this is one of my favourite pieces. It is simple, direct and yet it describes the struggle of many people against an oppresive power. Mutabaruka is a Rastafarian, social poet belonging…