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
At the end of my post last week, I left wondering if mimicry would end up engulfing Tambu, just as it had engulfed her brother Nhamo. After finishing Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions this past week, I quickly learned my answer through Dangarembga’s powerful words. Not only did I become witness to the powerful and dangerous… Continue reading Hybridity, Cousin of Mimicry
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?
As a lover of English, literature, and writing, I find beauty in words. As an avid writer, I find strength and power in words. However, as a lover of words, I truly understand how words and language can also possess a darker power—the power to hurt, maim, or destroy. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o depicts the power… Continue reading The Undeniable Power of Words
What does it mean to be a nation and to have a national identity? Before, I would simply use the word ‘nation’ to describe the United States, without really giving it much thought. I always referred to the United States as a nation, perhaps because of my years of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, where… Continue reading The Struggle to Understand Identity
I am a white female of the upper middle class. I am a student, an intellectual, a friend, a daughter, and a girlfriend. I am a thinker and a problem-solver. I am a learner and a teacher, always seeking to learn something new or teach others about a topic of my interest. I am a… Continue reading Week One: A Single Story Hurts