AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number4. October  2021                                Pp.153-161

Exploring the Postcolonial Concept through the Eye of European Expansionism and Imperialism

Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of English, College of Languages, Salahaddin University-Erbil
Erbil, Iraq



The Postcolonial study has become very popular—it deals with colonial issues, cultural hegemony, imperialist subjects, and subservient topics. The postcolonial analysis mainly mostly involves Africa, America, Asia, and the Middle East. The imperial forces like England and France were the prominent actors in this venture. Thus, the postcolonial began after these imperial forces had left their former colonies. The formerly colonized countries were given political independence, and they began to govern themselves. However, the postcolonial study began to gain significant attention from Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978), in which he explains how Africa, the Middle East, and Asia were established on the western Imperialist structure. Edward Said explains exclusively that Orientalism vehemently accentuates the disparity between the west, their theories, social orders, literary pieces, the orient political history, tradition, norms, ideology, religion, and destiny. It dramatically reflects how the colonized adapted the cultural identity of their colonizers. The postcolonialism has been used to remember a set of conjectures and practices—and it also explains how colonialism has become a prominent and constant record. This article explores the postcolonial study, delineates the available resources that present the idea of postcolonialism, colonialism, and the effect of the Western imperialist system on the former colonies. The article also reflects Homi Bhabha’s cultural hybridity; he explains how mimicry plays a significant role in making the colonized adopt the culture of their colonizers.

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Hamad, W.  (2021). Exploring the Postcolonial Concept through the Eye of European Expansionism and Imperialism. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (4) 153-161.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no4.11


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Waleed Pirbal Hamad is an Assistant Lecturer from Erbil, Iraq. His Master’s Degree is in English Literature from Cyprus International University, North Cyprus (2016), and his current research interests focus on novels and literary criticism. ORCiD ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9550-0037