n English in Africa - Unsettling settler identity : Thomas Pringle's troubled landscapes




Postcolonial criticism, like its theoretical predecessor colonial discourse analysis, is rarely sympathetic to settler literature, and then only when this literature registers, in some explicit way, opposition to the colonial enterprise. Such an undifferentiated association of colonial writing, especially that of the first phase of settlement, with what Aijaz Ahmad has called "aggressive identity formation" (1992, 78), often assumes that the act of enunciation, aesthetic or otherwise, mirrors the processes of material appropriation which establish the colonial state. The assumptions apply particularly, perhaps, to landscape poetry, where the very subject-matter is saturated with implication of the most obvious sort.


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