International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Ideology and Identity in Salleh’s “Do Not Say”
Res. Assist. Murat ÖĞÜTCÜ

Postcolonial literature not only extended the cannon but also made questions of ideology and identity and important point of literary studies. Particularly, the relationship between the coloniser and the colonised has been a central issue. Colonial literature has been perceived as a means to support the ideological control of the colonised. Postcolonial literature, on the other hand, has been seen as a way out of colonial ideology. For instance, Salleh’s poem “Do Not Say” uses and abuses colonial imagery, depicts the anger towards colonial oppression and asserts the value of a national literature. Nevertheless, any writing back strategy in terms of anti-colonial resistance is a falling back to colonial ideology thereby continuing characteristics of colonialism based on hatred and othering.

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