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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

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Edited By Malgorzata Martynuska and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko

This book analyses the applicability of postcolonial theories and contemporary issues, and also revisits previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. The contributions examine contemporary social, economic and cultural processes. The authors look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies or former colonisers. They furthermore refer to the fact that theories of postcolonialism are currently more frequently applied to study countries originally not classified as colonial. They attempt to define and explain the experiences of the native peoples of colonial territories in various historical situations of dependence.

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Education as a Tool for Creating Hybrid Anglo-Welsh Identity in 19th- and 20th-century Welsh Novels (Aldona Bakiera)

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Aldona Bakiera

Education as a Tool for Creating Hybrid Anglo-Welsh Identity in 19th- and 20th-century Welsh Novels

Abstract: The present article, which is an attempt at a postcolonial reading of two Welsh novels: Feet in Chains (1936) by Kate Roberts and The Life of Rebeca Jones (2012) by Angharad Price, focuses on the process of identity transformation in the characters as a result of their English educational experience and argues that the process is that of displacement of their Welsh identity and the gradual emergence of a hybrid Anglo-Welsh identity.

Key words: education, Wales, hybrid identity, Welsh literature, marginalisation.

Postcolonial theory originated in Western academia as a critical response to the cultural legacies of colonialism and imperialism (Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin 2007; Buchholtz 2009; Goldberg and Quayson 2002; Huggan 2013; Lazarus 2004; Loomba 1998; McLeod 2000; Memmi 2013; Said 1979; Sharp 2009). However, it is now generally recognized that the post-colonial perspective may be productively applied not only to the former colonies of the European powers but also more broadly to the study of societies outside a direct imperial or colonial context (Burket 2013; Huggan 2007; Kelertas 2006; King 2000; Shilling 2014; Singh and Schmidt 2000; Spivak 2008). The theory of postcolonialism is currently being adapted to the study of countries originally not classified as colonial, to explain and emphasize the experiences of the native people of those lands in various historical situations of dependence. In The Empire...

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