Akofena (Jun 2023)

Postcolonial literature: between hegemonic occidental decoding and reframing mechanisms

  • D. Hadjer DRIF & D. Antar OUSADI

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 03, no. 08


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Abstract: If the postcolonial theory was specialized in looking at the literature of peoples who suffered exclusion, alienation and marginalization, there is no doubt that it sought in one way or another to decipher, abolish and demolish the code of Western hegemony, and try to reformulate and build again based on the cultural, social, political and economic reality. Saying that postcolonial literature has consciously or unconsciously produced what can be termed (the struggle of opposite dichotomies, or the struggle of contradictions, for example: East / West, center / margin, strength / weakness, progress / backwardness), and in the midst of the crucible of those raging conflicts A new narration appeared against all forms of Western colonialism, the postcolonial narration, or what is known as the counter-narrative and the response writings, a narration that went on its own by investing the colonizer’s language to undermine Western centralism. Consequently, we proposed researching postcolonial literature to determine to what degree postcolonial literature was able to avoid the tight confines of colonialism? and whether this literature accepted the concept of interaction and dissolution in the context of colonial power. Keywords: Post colonial literature, Western code, centre, margin, otherness