This site began as a space for sharing and discussing what’s going on in the world in terms of the postcolonial. The term postcolonial has only been around since the 70s, and is still much-debated and rarely understood, so I will attempt to cover it here (with the help of Wikipedia):
Postcolonial studies is a discipline of the humanities concerned with analyzing and responding to the cultural legacies of colonialism and global imperialism. Most people would agree that the historic European colonization of large segments of the world had a lasting impact on many cultures. Everywhere we look, the after-effects of this history can still be felt by many peoples today. We see it in expressions of culture; in art, literature, music, and film.
Since colonialism involved the exploitation and subjugation of many peoples, postcolonialism aims to give voice to those who were historically persecuted or oppressed. It critiques the typically western attitude of thinking about colonized peoples and their cultures. There are many intellectual, linguistic, economic, and social theories underlying the western tradition of thought (ie: deductive reasoning, monotheism, rules of Law). Postcolonial discourses give rise to alternative ways of thinking, often in opposition to the western tradition.
As much as I enjoy conversing about these topics, one has to be careful not to alienate readers with academic jargon. It is very easy to get bound up in the ivory tower of academia, without making the important connections to everyday life that will help us to engage a wider audience. A reader has to know why all this stuff is important. I enjoy picking up on the subtexts running through my favorite books and films, and I want to help others see those same connections. There is a lot going on at your local museum and theater beyond mere entertainment – one just has to start paying attention.
In my view, the blog’s title Anglospheric Disturbance suggests a disruption or critique of the status quo, particularly in the English-speaking or “Anglo” world. I am hoping that readers of my blog will grow informed about the ways in which history continues to perpetuate itself in our daily life and culture. It is my belief that we are all a part of what came before. If we understand the many influences that govern our lives, and if we can better understand how to relate to others, I believe we can become more tolerant individuals. We can support each other in our differences. I am ready for a change in the weather!
For further definition of the term “postcolonial” as well as a brief list of sample works, please visit Purdue OWL (the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University).