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POSTCOLONIAL is an electronic forum for discussion and experimentation rooted in postcolonial literature, film, and theory. POSTCOLONIAL is an open list - all interested parties are invited and encouraged to participate. Specific information about the list is below.
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The (im)propriety of the term "postcolonial" will hopefully be addressed on the list. For now: "We use the term 'post-colonial'...to cover all the culture affected by the imperial process from the moment of colonization to the present day" (Bill Ashcroft, et al. _The Empire Writes Back_. 1989). Postcolonial literature and film generally includes the cultural productions emerging out of the experience of colonization.
Postcolonial theory and criticism interrogates the relations between culture and imperialism. It frequently is concerned with creating agency for the marginalized and with recovering lost cultural histories. Feminist questions are, of course, germane to this discussion. The roles of academia and the Internet in postcolonial power relations merit discussion as well.
A list of representative authors and directors might include:
*LITERATURE*: Chinua Achebe, George Lamming, Aime Cesaire, Sara Suleri, Salman Rushdie, Buchi Emecheta, Jamaica Kincaid, Michelle Cliff, Marguerite Duras, Farida Karodia, Ayi Kwei Armah, Nuruddin Farah, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, V.S. Naipaul, Wole Soyinka, Simone Schwarz-Bart, Derek Walcott, Anita Desai, Hanif Kureishi, C.L.R. James, etc.
*FILM*: Claire Denis, Ketan Mehta, Farida Ben Lyazid, Ken Loach, Peter Ormrod, Horace Ove, Srinivas Krishna, Ousmane Sembene, Gurinder Chada, Pratibha Parmar, the Sankofa Film Collective, Mira Nair, Marguerite Duras, etc.
*THEORY*: Homi Bhabha, Partha Chatterjee, Amilcar Cabral, Frantz Fanon, Ranajit Guha, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Edward Said, Trinh T. Minha, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Abdul Jan Mohamed, etc.
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Date: Mon, 16 Jan 1995 15:43:03 -0600 Message-Id: [199501162140.QAA08948@slc12.INS.CWRU.Edu Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: jas34@po.CWRU.Edu (Jonathan A. Sadowsky) Subject: [cxl@po.CWRU.Edu:Post Colonialism: New List (fwd)]]
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