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Abrogation

Abrogation refers to the rejection by post-colonial writers of a normative concept of ‘correct’ or ‘standard’ English used by certain classes or groups, and of the corresponding concepts of inferior [...]

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Allegory

A type of writing in which the settings, characters, and events stand for other specific people, events, or ideas. As a literary device, an allegory is a metaphor in which a character, place or event [...]

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Alterity

"The state of being other or different"; the political, cultural, linguistic, or religious other. The study of the ways in which one group makes themselves different from others. (Source: https://www3.dbu.edu/mitchell/postcold.htm) [...]

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Ambivalence

The ambiguous way in which colonizer and colonized regard one another.  The colonizer often regards the colonized as both inferior yet exotically other, while the colonized regards the colonizer as [...]

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Appropriation

Appropriation generally refers to the strategies employed by postcolonial societies and its writers and scholars that enable them to use the philosophical, linguistic, and academic tools introduced by the colonizers [...]

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Binarism

A mode of thought predicated on seemingly stable oppositions (such as good and evil or male and female) that is seen in post-structuralist analysis as an inadequate approach to areas [...]

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Catachresis

The use of a word in an incorrect way, for example the use of mitigate for militate. ‘English and American studies, especially, seemed to be focusing on narrative and drama [...]

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Center/ Periphery

Center and Periphery are probably two most contested terms in postcolonial studies, as they represent the biaristic geography of colonialism but at the same, if used uncritically, also tend to [...]

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Colonialism

Colonialism is a practice of domination, which involves the subjugation of one people to another. One of the difficulties in defining colonialism is that it is hard to distinguish it [...]

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