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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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When Hybrids Collide – Co-Hybridisation in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (Izabela Bierowiec)

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Izabela Bierowiec

When Hybrids Collide – Co-Hybridisation in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane

Abstract: The article is an attempt at identifying the mutual influence of social hybrids onto one another as depicted by Monica Ali in her novel Brick Lane. The presented analysis proves that immigrants of different generations residing within a common, yet fairly isolated area within the host society undergo a specific type of assimilation.

Key words: hybridisation, immigration, identity, British Bangladeshi, assimilation.

Postcolonialism is frequently described as an era of various social movements, which provided numerous countries with an opportunity to gain national independence, thus bringing about certain changes. Nevertheless, Childs and Williams (2014, 1) are of the opinion that this definition is nothing more than an imprecisely simplified description of the complex modifications that have been influencing national politics, economy, public life as well as academic studies since the 1950s.

In literary criticism Edward Said (1994), Homi Bhabha (1994) and Gayatari Chakravorty Spivak (1988) presented a few fundamental procedures which have played a crucial part in the process of deconstructing the general social standpoint towards the colonised, thus re-writing the historically and culturally inscribed visions of the oppressed nations. What is important, however, is that the mentioned theories highlight the significance of the migrant as a new world citizen, for the relocating being is a collection of numerous Selves, who, through accommodation, acquires a particular kind of identity: one which transcends all human borders,...

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