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Postcolonial Resistance of Western Imperialist Ideology: Constructing Identities of Others as Violent Savages
AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies (2018)
  • Menia Mohammad Almenia, Arab Soecity of English Language Studies
Abstract
This paper examines how hegemonic discourse, or the ideology of a dominant society has essentialized, fixed, and divided identities through the construction of binary division of Western’s ideology as civilized and Others as savages. The development of postcolonial theory will be introduced with special consideration to Said’s (1995) theory of Orientalism and Spivak’s (1988) concept of “silencing the Others.” Sample Western literary texts will show a concerted expression of colonial ideology supporting the concept of binary divisions. These will include The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1990), Robinson Crouse by Daniel Defoe (1899), Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (2001), and Passage to India by E. M. Foster (1985). In contrast, literary works by minority authors, mainly postcolonialists, will be examined and considered according to how effectively they resist Western imperialist ideology.
Keywords
  • constructing,
  • identities,
  • ideology,
  • others,
  • postcolonial
Disciplines
Publication Date
Fall October 15, 2018
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol2no4.9
Citation Information
Menia Mohammad Almenia. "Postcolonial Resistance of Western Imperialist Ideology: Constructing Identities of Others as Violent Savages" AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies Vol. 2 Iss. 4 (2018) p. 130 - 143 ISSN: 2550-1542
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/awejfortranslation-literarystudies/98/