Week 6 – “Survival and Invention” Hulme

November 3, 2007

Along the same theme as the previous article, Hulme concludes, “The dialectic between self-identification and self-presentation is far from resolved” (303). People already have assumptions about the identity of a culture when coming in. Thus, it is vastly more difficult to get other people to agree to your cultural identity that simply to figure out what it is in the first place, which is hard enough. Not only do post-colonial cultures have to define themselves, but they also have to make the rest of the world recognize that identity and stop trying to force them to fit into an old false one.

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