Entries Tagged as 'Representation'

History, Statues, and Representation

November 5, 2009 by charleneong · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Jackson mentions the “ever-impinging presence of official buildings and symbolism” in Ireland, and the kind of  “architectural response” (129) that followed the threat of self-government. This suggestion of an “architectural response” led me to think about statues and monuments, which are symbolic, larger-than-life representations of figures that have made important contributions to a country, and are erected […]

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Orwell a true anti-imperialist?

October 22, 2009 by kuangjingxuan · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Most critics see “Burmese Days” as Orwell’s reaction against the atrocities he witnessed in Burma and thus are quick to categorize “Burmese Days” as an anti-imperialist text. While the anti-imperialist elements in the text are obvious – Flory’s discourses on the ills of imperialism etc, Orwell seemed to have failed in dissociating himself completely from […]

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Power relations in Shooting an Elephant

October 7, 2009 by hoyuying · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Reading “Shooting an Elephant”, I think my responses to it were quite..’schizophrenic’ might be a good word. I was rather conflicted about how I felt, especially regarding the way power was portrayed. On one hand, it was quite a breath of fresh air to be reading a piece of writing where we see the coloniser […]

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Oral tradition of Storytelling

September 17, 2009 by ritchellchoong · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I think the way that Jim is portrayed in the novel is very much like that of Kurtz in Heart of Darkness, where both characters occupy a central vacuum upon which stories of them are told, inter-woven and re-appropriated constantly. They do not really exist in and of themselves; rather, they exist through the stories […]

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On representation, and art for art’s sake or just a pure heart of darkness?

September 10, 2009 by charleneong · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Achebe contends that “the real question is the dehumanization of Africa and Africans which this age-long attitude has fostered and continues to foster in the world. And the question is whether a novel which celebrates this dehumanization, which depersonalizes a portion of the human race, can be called a great work of art. My answer […]

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Ridiculing Western Civilisation

September 9, 2009 by ritchellchoong · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Even though Achebe claims that Conrad is a “thoroughgoing racist” and that Heart of Darkness happily ignores the deep-seated racism that the text exercises against the Africans, I feel less inclined to take such a harsh stance towards Conrad’s position as a colonist. Yes, I agree to a large extent that he objectifies, silences and […]

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The African subject in the Victorian Consciousness

September 9, 2009 by praseeda · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Post-colonial criticism recognises the text as “a vehicle of imperial authority “(Achebe 10). Heart of Darkness would therefore be seen as one in this canon, relying on ‘myth and metaphor’, which serves in propagating the Colonial enterprise–the creation of a hierarchy of being, where the colonizer reigns supreme.   The myths in the case of Heart of […]

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Of embracing fear and the crisis of representation

August 20, 2009 by charleneong · 1 Comment · General Thoughts on Modernism

Embracing Fear What strikes me about Levine’s “Ruling the Empire” and Gikandi’s “Picasso, Africa, and the Schemata of Difference” is the fear of natives and their possible influence on the West. Fear of the alleged savagery and lack of civilization of these “lesser peoples” (Levine 105) form part of the basis for the West’s civilizing […]

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Thoughts on Modernism

August 20, 2009 by hoyuying · 2 Comments · General Thoughts on Modernism

Just some thoughts on the nature of Modernist art and literature. The Gikandi reading really made me realise that when we think of Modernist art and literature, our reading of it is often subconsciously framed by the assumption that writers or artists who incorporate the Other/Orient/colonised in their work are sympathetic to them. For me […]

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Modernism: Truths and Realities

August 20, 2009 by zhongrongdian · 1 Comment · General Thoughts on Modernism

Personally, I think people tend to enjoy residing in their comfort zone, allowing many things around them to go unquestioned. Hence, allowing those with power to take on a paternal-like role in deciding how life is to be led as they represented objectivity and the truth. This is where, I believe, the role and purpose […]

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What then, is Truth?

August 20, 2009 by ELIZABETH JOY TAN TIAN HEE · 1 Comment · General Thoughts on Modernism

It was challenging and unsettling for me to come face to face with the concept of creating, condescending to and, perhaps most critically, the act of representing the colonised figure, as Picasso does in his abstract work, taking the African body as a subject of art, rather than an autonomous individual capable in some way […]

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