European Academic Research ISSN 2286-4822
ISSN-L 2286-4822
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Article Name :
Colonial Representations in Chinua Achebe’s No Longer at Ease
Author Name :
Muhammad Azmat
Publisher :
Bridge Center
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Abstract :
During the 19th century, England was undoubtedly a domineering global superpower on the basis of its enormous scientific advancement and vast colonial rule, affecting a marked majority of the world by destroying or considerably altering the local cultures and imposing their culture instead. In so doing, they actually created a culture of hatred, bias, and polarization, mainly based on misrepresentation, that is, over-representation of themselves and under-representation of the colonized. Accordingly, the aim of this paper was to find out as to how Chinua Achebe’s novel No Longer at Ease (NLE) unveiled various colonial cultural representations of the colonized Nigerians as fabricated so systematically by the English colonizers. For this purpose, three major aspects of colonial representation, that is, alterity, stereotyping, and Eurocentrism, were mainly focused and delicately reviewed with reference to eminent postcolonial thinkers, theorists, and writers. Next, in light of the aforementioned selected aspects of the colonial representation, the relevant discourses of the colonizers from NLE were analyzed. Finally, it was concluded that the English colonizers represented the colonized Nigerians mainly by three lexemes of derogatory connotation, that is, slaves, corrupt, and uncultured, correspondingly resulting from discursive acts of alterity, stereotyping, and eurocentricing respectively, and that the representation of the colonized by derogatory lexemes, especially corrupt and uncultured, appears so much antithetical to reality.
Keywords :
alterity, colonial, colonized, colonizers, connotation, derogatory, Eurocentrism, postcolonial, representation, stereotyping

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