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Postcolonial Studies and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Carson Fricks

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Transcript of Postcolonial Studies and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Postcolonial Studies and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
By Floyd Douglas, Carson Fricks, and Jacob Popp
What is the difference between Colonialsim and Postcolonialism?
(In a simpler form)
Postcolonialism Definition
a set of theoretical approaches which focus on the direct effects and aftermaths of colonization.
What issues does Postcolonialsim look at?
What stages does a society go through once postcolonialism is introduced?
1. an initial awareness of the social, psychological, and cultural inferiority enforced by being in a colonized state

2. the struggle for ethnic, racial, cultural, and political autonomy and freedom

3. a growing awareness of cultural overlap and hybridity

Can you see that these stages relate to U.S. history? How?
ethnicity- a group of members that share cultural traits
race- a group of members that share physical traits

hybridity- a mixture of societies, politics, languages, cultures, religion, etc.; does not have to be a peaceful mixture
So in plain English, what is postcolonialism?
The development of society after colonialism, which includes social, racial, and cultural struggles that the society must deal with
Which Postcolonial Issue best fits the story of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
"Give a nigger an inch and he'll take ell." (Twain 82)
What keeps racism and slavery prominent?

Scene 1
Turn to page 82 and look at the last paragraph
Where have we seen this passage before? (You read it last Summer.)
Scene 2
Turn to page 27 and look for the last paragraph
Some people at the time had troubles with cultures mixing
Traditionalist view
There is a Broken Hybridity
What is shown in this passage?
You Decide
What are the meanings of hybridity, race and ethnicity?
What is the difference between race and ethnicity?
Basically, Knowledge=freedom
Ethnicity vs Race." Diffen. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2014.

Kohn, Margaret. "Colonialism." Stanford University. Stanford University, 09 May 2006. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.

"Post Colonialism Theory." YouTube. YouTube, 23 Aug. 2012. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.

"PostcolDefs." PostcolDefs. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.

"Postcolonial, Racial, and Ethnic Theory: An Overview." Postcolonial, Racial, and Ethnic Theory: An Overview. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.

Twain, Mark, and Robert G. O'Meally. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004. Print.

"Welcome to the Purdue OWL." Purdue OWL: Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.
Scene 3
Turn to page 81 and look for the paragraph at the top of the page
What is Shown?
Realization that slaves have feelings
Deviation from the Traditionalist view

There Is Hope For Change
What is Mark Twain's method for delivering his point of view on slavery?
He uses Huck as his confused child conscience about slavery
Like Mark Twain, Huck does not know the cruelty of slavery
What is Mark Twain's effect on society's viewpoint of slavery and racism?
Made others realize that cultures are able to mix and form a peaceful hybridity
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