English 825 PostColonial Literature and Theory Hall Spr 04. Naipaul, Pioneer of Postcolonial Literature. Author V.S. As Henry Louis Gates, Jr, has said, "it is fair to describe the subtext of the history of black letters as this urge to refute the claim that because blacks had no written traditions they were bearers of an inferior culture.". Introduction. Post colonialism in literature includes the study of theory and literature as it That critical lens, post colonial theory or post colonialism, asks the reader to. it could ensure the continuation of that concept." Whose Postcolonial Literature is It? Before the term "postcolonial literature" gained currency, "commonwealth literature" was used to refer to writing in English from countries belonging to the British commonwealth. Postcolonial theory is a body of thought primarily concerned with accounting for the political, aesthetic, economic, historical, and social impact of European colonial rule around the world in the 18th through the 20th century. Alterity is derived from the Latin alteritas, meaning ‘the state of being other or different; diversity, otherness’. The year 1942 is also marked by Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhis call for the Quit India movement to the British rulers of India. He pioneered the branch of postcolonial criticism called colonial discourse analysis. In a 1989 interview with Amanda Meer, Mukherjee said: "I totally consider myself an American writer, and that has been my big battle: to get to realize that my roots as a writer are no longer, if they ever were, among Indian writers, but that I am writing about the territory about the feelings, of a new kind of pioneer here in America.