Rethinking Postcolonialism: Colonialist Discourse in Modern by A. Acheraïou

By A. Acheraïou

Acheraiou demanding situations postcolonial discourse research and proposes a brand new version of interpretation that resituates the old, ideological and conceptual denseness of the Colonial suggestion. He questions key matters, together with hybridity, Otherness and territoriality, and expands the postcolonial box through introducing ground-breaking theoretical suggestions.

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Kipling and imperial Rome: the warrior ideal in ‘Regulus’ Kipling was a zealous supporter of British imperialism and his ‘worship’ of the British empire often combined with a celebration of ancient Rome which he regarded as a model for colonial Britain. Several of his works 20 Colonialist Discourse praise, directly or indirectly, the Roman empire. Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906) is a good case in point. In this collection of stories relating the history of Britain, Kipling lauds Rome’s imperial might and points at the same time to its clemency towards the defeated.

Their language and culture had consequently been ranked inferior to those of Greece or Rome. By that time, Egypt was reduced to a symbol of stasis and despotism – images that had a strong resonance in nineteenth-century Western colonial discourse about Africa and the Orient. Greece was instead identified with a dynamic force of progress and liberty. In casting the Egyptians, and along with other barbarians including the Persians and Scythians, as a backward, stagnant race the Greeks and the Romans that followed originated a discourse of barbarism1 which provided the terms in which the colonised were later characterised.

The Romans regarded themselves as the Greeks’ heirs; likewise modern colonisers claim to be the heirs and pursuers of the classical imperial project. Moreover, just as the Romans considered the Greeks as their instructors, modern colonisers often equated the classical powers with educators. Classical colonisation was often assimilated to an educational enterprise, by the Greeks and Romans, as well as by the moderns. Throughout Western history, indeed, the ancient empires have been likened to agents of enlightenment in charge of ‘humaniz[ing] barbarism and enlighten[ing] superstition’ (Dickinson 1896, vi).

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