Copyright

Ch 3: Post-Colonial Literature

About This Chapter

Check out this self-paced literature chapter to explore the characteristics of post-colonial literature. The chapter provides students with a quick and easy way to study post-colonial literature for upcoming exams, essays and assignments.

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

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: Post-Colonial Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Post-Colonialism in Literature: Definition, Theory & Examples

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.

Changes in Africa After World War II

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.

Colonialism in Chike's School Days by Chinua Achebe

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.

Decolonization and Nationalism in Israel, Egypt, Africa & Algeria

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.

Mahmoud Darwish: Poems & Biography

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.

Darwish's Identity Card: Analysis & Interpretation

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.

India's Independence & Division into Two States

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.

Saadat Hasan Manto: Biography & Works

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.

Manto's Toba Tek Singh & Post-Colonialism

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support