Critical Approaches

English-Fall 2008

blog#3 – “post” what?! November 4, 2008

Ummmm….ok, wow. 

So I will let you know now that this blog isn’t going to be very good. But on the plus side it will be short and sweet, and since we are all pretty busy I think everyone can appreciate a short blog! 🙂

I am going to try and define “post colonialism.” (Emphasis on the word ‘try’)

First I think it is important to get a basic understanding of colonialism. Colonialism is the dominance of a powerful nation over a weaker nation. The stronger nation invades the weaker nations land in order to retain control over it’s people, it’s resources and it’s boundaries. One of the biggest consequences of colonialism is the oppression of the natives; the colonizers view natives as in superior and ‘savages.’ 

‘Post Colonialism’ from what I understand is the awareness that the act of colonialism was politically and morally incorrect. Post colonialists understand and reiterate the fact that the colonizers discourses and languages were absurd, and no one nation is superior to others. I believe that post colonialists acknowledge that what the colonizers did was immoral and resulted in several negative consequences on the colonized.

Hmmmm…so thats it. If I keep rambling on I think I might make less and less sense. All I can say is that I tried, I read a bit about post colonialism last year and thats about it. So now I am going to go find out what exactly it is and probably laugh at how far off I was.

Happy Blogging Everyone!

By the way, anything that you guys can contribute to help me understand this better would be much appreciated! I look forward to reading what everyone else wrote about. 

And…I don’t know what Post Colonialism looks like, so instead here’s a picture of my dog Cocoa playing in the snow 🙂 lol…




6 Responses to “blog#3 – “post” what?!”

  1. jessf67 Says:

    Aw look how cute Cocoa is! Your definitions of colonialism and post-colonialism are very easy-to-understand and accurate! I love easy-to-understand definitions! Through your definitions you clearly outline that post-colonialism opposes colonialism, and essentially critisizes the original term. For some reason when I first heard about these post-theories I assumed that they would be similiar to the original theory, but a “new” and “improved” version of it. These terms prove me wrong in that the beliefs of post-colonialists essentially believe in no aspects of colonialism.

    Great blog, easy-to-read, and short and sweet!

  2. tc100067449 Says:

    Well Meaghan:
    Considering I had to google colonialism prior to class on tuesday I don’t think you are going to get a lot of insight out of me; save this. Canada is a victim of these same misgivings to the point that native culture and language are falling toward extinction. I don think it would be a stretch to estimate that probably 99% of Canadians don’t even know how many native dialects and cultures there are; or were. That is colonialism, and I also include myself, and my wife in that group; this is sad because I am part Ojibway and my wife is Maitee. Colonialism is like clear cutting a arborial forest and replanting PINE. It is sad, it is still happening, and the thought of my own ignorance makes me ill.
    Your Blog was short, But it made my heart pound a little stronger for those things that I SHOULD hold more dear.
    For That, I thank you.

  3. heatherjervis Says:

    Cocoa looks like she’s enjoying the snow! The pic made me laugh.
    Anyway, you summed up post-colonialism nicely. It really is any author writing in or about colonialism from the colonized perspective, or any work written in or about the same period.
    I thought I was okay with it until Anita threw in neo-colonialism, which added an entire other dimension to it, and confused me all over again. THe best I can figure, is POCO(thanks for the abbreviation) is limited to the period of colonization and anything afterwards would be neo-co.
    Whew…only two more blogs and the term is up!
    Keep up the good work,

  4. zombiesquee Says:

    I love your statement that post-colonialism is about how no one nation is better than another – so nicely said! It really is true, even though some nations (I’m sure I don’t need to name any names) still think that they’re better than the rest of the world. The effects of colonialism on so many peoples is so painful to look at, just how much cultural genocide has been committed and continues to happen today. I also wrote up my blog on post-colonialism, so I have more examples there so that I don’t have to fill up your comments page.

    Your dog is so cute! My dog doesn’t like snow – he even scuttles around puddles to avoid getting wet. But it’s always fun to watch him try to hop through it outside like he’s trying to escape it, but it’s everywhere. Now, if only we’d get some more snow!

    Looking forward to your next blogs!
    – Lisa

  5. katiedesro Says:

    Hi Meaghan,

    I had a hard time with this blog too. I had absolutely no idea what “post” theories were prior to taking this course. In the end, I just did a basic summary of post theories in general. I’m not even sure if I followed the instructions for this blog correctly ^^;

    Anyway, I think you did an excellent job explaining the basics of post-colonialsim, and how it is a response to colonialism. I think it’s an important theory to examine so that people in Western society understand that there is a world outside their own countries, and that no culture is superior to another.

    Great work once again 🙂

    -Katie D.

  6. katiedesro Says:

    P.S. Your dog is adorable! It must be a lot of fun watching him play in the snow 🙂

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