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Postcolonial was initially used to describe the period that started after the Second World War with the retreat of colonial expansion and the rise of liberation movements in colonized countries Building upon such understanding postcolonial literature tended to be regarded as being that specific literature written by the members of the formerly colonized countries after the removal of colonial rule that is if the word post is seen as meaning after then the starting point of postcolonial literature was after the end of the colonial periodStarting with the late 1970s however the term postcolonialism started to acquire more implications especially with the advancement of controversial discussions upon the difference between the hyphenated post-colonialism and the non-hyphenated postcolonialism The conventional hyphenated post-colonialism has simply been taken to refer to a historical period of time that followed the end of colonial enterprise on the other hand the non-hyphenated postcolonialism has no longer been confined by the historical limitations of a period of time it has encompassed its semantic and historical implications and developed into a critical approach distinguished by the body of ideas it involves mainly related to the policy of anti-colonial resistance adopted by postcolonial writers in their attempt to restore the devalued past and racially misrepresented history of the colonized from the clutches of the colonizerAs the term widens in its scope critics accordingly provide various definitions to account for its wide-ranging nature the writers of The Empire Writes Back 1989 define postcolonial literature as covering all culture affected by the imperial process from the moment of colonization to the present day Ashcroft et al 2 that is it is not confined only to those writings produced after the withdrawal of colonial powers from the colonized regions As for Elleke Boehmer she sees postcolonial literature as covering all literary works which adopt an anti-colonial stance even though they were written during the colonial period or by non-colonized people In Colonial and Postcolonial literature 1995 Boehmer
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