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Post-Colonial Literature - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides a high-level overview of post-colonial literature and its major themes. This expertly taught chapter examines the historical context of post-colonial literature, as well as significant works from authors like Chinua Achebe, Mahmoud Darwish and Saadat Hasan Manto. To help you reinforce your understanding of these concepts, we've included short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. If you have any questions about these concepts, you can submit them to our instructors online at any time. When you're finished, you should be able to:
- Recognize examples of post-colonial literature
- Assess changes that occurred in Africa following World War II
- Evaluate examples of colonialism in Achebe's ''Chike's School Days''
- Explain nationalism and decolonization in Egypt, Africa and Algeria
- Analyze the lives and works of Mahmoud Darwish and Saadat Hasan Manto
- Interpret and analyze Darwish's identity card
- Describe India's independence and division into two separate states
- Discuss Manto's ''Toba Tek Singh'' through a post-colonialist perspective
1. Post-Colonialism in Literature: Definition, Theory & Examples
Post-colonialism in literature includes the study of theory and literature as it relates to the colonizer-colonized experience. Edward Said is the leading theorist in this field, with Chinua Achebe being one of its leading authors.
2. Changes in Africa After World War II
In this lesson, we will examine changes in Africa following World War II. We will discover what factors led to decolonization in the wake of World War II, and we will highlight the central themes surrounding African independence movements.
3. Colonialism in Chike's School Days by Chinua Achebe
In this lesson, we will examine Chinua Achebe's perspective on colonialism in the short story 'Chike's School Days.' This is the story of a Nigerian boy who is taught by white colonists to shun his heritage.
4. Decolonization and Nationalism in Israel, Egypt, Africa & Algeria
In this lesson, we explore the concepts of nationalism and national self-determination and how they affected the decolonization of the Middle East and Africa in the second half of the 20th century.
5. Mahmoud Darwish: Poems & Biography
Mahmoud Darwish is considered Palestine's national poet. He won several awards for his work. In this lesson we will learn about his life and his most famous poems.
6. Darwish's Identity Card: Analysis & Interpretation
In this lesson, we will analyze and interpret the poem 'Identity Card,' which was written by Mahmoud Darwish. We will examine how historical events as seen through the eyes of a citizen of Palestine are revealed through this piece.
7. India's Independence & Division into Two States
In this lesson, we will learn how British India was divided into two states: India and Pakistan. We will examine the factors leading to this development, particularly the role of the Hindu and Muslim religions. We will also quickly explore geopolitics in postwar Southeast Asia.
8. Saadat Hasan Manto: Biography & Works
Saadat Hasan Manto was an Indo-Pakistani author who lived a short life from 1912 to 1955. His provocative stories got him in trouble for obscenity in India and Pakistan. In this lesson, we'll talk about his short life and prolific writings.
9. Manto's Toba Tek Singh & Post-Colonialism
In this lesson, we will examine Saadat Hasan Manto's satirical view of the Partition of India and Pakistan in his short story 'Toba Tek Singh.' We will examine the author's life and the history of post-colonial India as it relates to this story.
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