A Postcolonial Perspective of Margaret Laurence’s This Side Jordan

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Dr. E. Anita

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Colonialism has been encountered by the majority of people living in the world today, and the literature created in different parts of the world and challenges the Eurocentric conceptions of culture are characterized by multiplicity, variety, diversity, and richness, Canadian literature, one of those many works of literature, relates its colonial past and way of thinking and feeling so profoundly rooted in its psyche, diversity and wealth. In the light of postcolonialism, the paper aims to include an in-depth study of Margaret Laurence's African literature. Her African novel This Side Jordan, written in this light, set in the Gold Coast in the 1950s, illuminates a specific time in African history and expresses an insight gained from contemplating its colonial past. The white people look down with scorn and disdain on the Africans. Gold Coast is in the process of Africanization, i.e. Europeans are being replaced by Africans everywhere and these white employers feel that Africans lack administrative capacity A white lady writing about African colonial encounters, her novel This Side Jordan exhibits her untroubled or serene double-consciousness. Besides, the novel depicts, together with their repressive mind-set, the troubles and turmoil of the English colonizers too. Laurence differs from other colonial authors in this and appears to be a human being who transcends the walls of hatred and bigotry.

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