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COMPARE and CONTRAST the ways in which any TWO POST-COLONIAL theorists have depicted THE RELATIONSHIP between COLONIAL CULTURE and the EXCERSISE of POWER using textual examples Ooronoko published in the year of the glorious revolution 1688 was written by Aphra Behn in a time of prolific expansion of the empire The rate that the English and by 1707 the British Empire swarmed over the rest of the world is still astounding In 1800 Western powers claimed 55 but actually held 35 of the earths surface Increasing this expansion by roughly 83000 square miles per year and accelerating even on this by 1914 Europe held roughly 85 of the earth as colonies Though the majority of colonies have now been relinquished by Western powers the phenomenon of colonialization is still very much prevailent in the uncomfortably pernicious forms of imperial culturization and global branding Post-colonial criticism and theory offers an array of answers to the conceptual philisophical social moral and economic problems of colonialization I will be using Behns key text on the tragedy of an African prince imported to Surninam to work as a slave to untangle and demystify two of the most famous theorists Edward Said and Homi Bhabha By concerntrating on this text alone I hope to firmly root my thesis and hopefully discover some of the merits and flaws in each Saids Orientalism 1978 is structured on Foucaults notions of discourse and authority Orientalism Said feels is a discourse of power created by the West or the Occident to control and manipulate the East or the Orient European culture gains in strength by defining itself against the Orient its weaker half In the narrators first description of the English colony of Surinam we can see this form of strengthening by difference then for little parakeetos great parrots macaws and a thousand other birds and beasts of wonderful and surprising forms shapes and colours for skins of prodigious
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