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Indeed the stranger has unusual customs The white man held the paper like a sacred thing His hands shook and we mistrusted him For how many moons will the stranger be among us Vera 43 The stranger still lives among the people of Zimbabwe though the colonial political authority has left Yet I wonder if the town elder speaking in the above passage from Yvonne Veras Nehanda would recognize current Zimbabwean authorities as strangers or countrymen Could he relate to todays government officials and understand the languages which they speak Would he feel at home in an African country with borders defined by European imperial powers without regard to the various ethnic nations involved Post-colonial theory attempts to explain problems such as these yet it does so almost exclusively in the languages of the European colonial powers Europeans even created the word Africa To name the world is to understand it to know it and to have control over it Ashcroft 283 Because knowledge is power and words whether written or spoken are the medium of exchange using words incurs responsibility One must use special care with broadly defined words and terms such as post-colonial Post-colonial literature describes a wide array of experiences set in the contexts of heterogeneous societies which themselves represent many different ethnic groups Ashcroft Griffiths and Tiffin define post-colonial theory as discussion of migration slavery suppression resistance representation difference race gender place and responses to the influential master discourses of imperial Europe and the fundamental experiences of speaking and writing by which all these come into being Ashcroft 2 The wide-ranging nature of the term post-colonial threatens to weaken its usefulness by diffusion so extreme that it is used to refer to not only vastly different but even opposed activities Ashcroft 2 Post-colonialism encompasses many of the issues encountered in the work we have discussed thus far in the semester Yet because vague and generalized theories have limits and tend to
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