Including America: The Indian Maiden and the Bedizened Crone

  • Chantal Zabus


“Including America” sums up Peter Hulme’s plea for America to be I considered as a postcolonial country. He reckons that a definition of colonialism would be strange “that would not include within its purview the European settlements in America that began in 1492,” a date that “has no rivals as a starting point.” 1492 is indeed a watershed date in that it signals the Arabs’ defeat, the exile imposed on the Jews, the publication of the first grammar in a modern European language and, more to our purpose, the “discovery” of the Americas. If one holds, as Klor de Alva does to justify excluding America from the field of postcolonial studies, that the wars of independence were not fought primarily by people who were colonized against the people who had colonized them, “then certainly Latin America, and probably the whole of the [American] continent, would fall outside the terms of our discussion.”1 Notwithstanding the fact that a country can be postcolonial and colonizing at the same time, C. Richard King in introducing his Post-Colonial America (2000) evokes the need to “map alternative engagements with postcoloniality.”2


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