Post-colonial criticism happens to resemble cultural studies, but it takes a unique viewpoint on politics and literature that warrants a distinct discussion. In particular, post-colonial critics tend to be concerned with literature emerging from colonial powers and the work produced by the ones that who are/were colonized. Post-colonial theory tends considers issues of economics, power, politics, culture and religion showing how these particular elements work regarding colonial hegemony (Smith 63).
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Christopher Columbus tends to be the only non-American given a national holiday. He also happens to be the only individual we celebrate who enabled grand theft, genocide, slavery and the obliteration of entire cultures. He began by trudging across the Hispaniola Island, reaching far into the countless established populations and cultures to unveil pride and a new discovery for his native Genoa and Spain that funded the journey (Irving 83). The Eurocentric education which celebrates Columbus usually does not mention the oppression and intentional enslavement and killing of indigenous people who populated the discovered lands. It also does not identify the highly-developed environment of the nations that he destroyed during the process.
Desai, Gaurav G, and Supriya Nair. Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory and Criticism. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2005. Print.
Irving, Washington, and John H. McElroy. The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1981. Print.