Othering, Essentialism, and Orientalism: All the Same

This week, I was introduced to a new subject: Orientalism. Based on the many complex readings of the definitions of important terms such as orientalism and essentialism in Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts, as well as Edward Said’s critical essay “Introduction to Orientalism,” I have come to understand the term Orientalism as a representation of the culture and people of… Continue reading Othering, Essentialism, and Orientalism: All the Same

Desire and Mimicry: Robbers of Identity?

Mimicry, a term that has huge implications in post-colonial literary theory, is weaved throughout Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions. It can be seen throughout the many eloquently worded scenes and also it is represented by some of the main characters. One of the most obvious observances of mimicry in Nervous Conditions is in the character… Continue reading Desire and Mimicry: Robbers of Identity?