AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 7, Number 2. May 2023 Pp. 83-92

Colonial Discourse Studies: Uncovering the Unfair Otherness

Abdelnaeim Ibrahim Awad Elaref

Department of English, College of Science and Humanities at Al-Ghat
Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia


This paper critically explores the role of colonial discourse studies in exploring cultural imperialism. It discusses the relevance of this academic field to our current understanding of the ideological dimensions of colonialism, imperialism, and globalization. Moreover, it outlines how related conceptualizations such as Orientalism, Said’s Orient and Occident, hegemony, and postcolonial theories are intrinsically linked to these studies. The significance of the study lies in illustrating, through reference to contemporary scholarship in this field, how the colonial discourse’s past, present, and future implications remain of enduring importance in contemporary social and political realities. Furthermore, it traces the writings of various third-world intellectuals that try to uncover the colonial discursive practices in the colonial context and shows how these practices are to create and sustain otherness. Finally, by examining how this field incorporates and synthesizes multiple disciplines, such as literature, history, linguistics, political science, anthropology, and sociology, this paper affirms the continued significance of this field in the contemporary world.

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Elaref, A.I.A. (2023). Colonial Discourse Studies: Uncovering the Unfair Otherness.  Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 7 (2): 83-92.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol7no2.6


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Abdelnaeim Ibrahim Awad Elaref is an assistant professor of English literature at Majmaah University in Saudi Arabia. He is mainly interested in literary theory and applied criticism. He is the author of varied academic papers in literary studies. He has dedicated his career to studying and teaching literature, and his expertise in the field is highly regarded.
ORCID IDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6069-2534