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date: 22 January 2020

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This chapter begins by outlining Frederick Aldama’s cognitive and Marxist critique of mainstream postcolonial theory. From here, it turns to a consideration of identity, comparing and contrasting Patrick Hogan’s cognitive and social psychological analyses with the psychoanalytic approaches of Homi Bhabha and Judith Butler. It goes on to consider colonialism and racism, exploring cognitive modeling or conceptual metaphor as a way of expanding and systematizing some insights of the postcolonial theorist, Ashis Nandy. The chapter concludes with an examination of Suzanne Keen’s ideas on empathy in relation to colonialism. The theoretical analyses are illustrated by brief applications to a story by Rabindranath Tagore, a film by Mani Ratnam, and a novel by Kamala Markandaya.

Keywords: postcolonial theory, cognitive science, identity, empathy, Frederick Aldama, Suzanne Keen, conceptual metaphor, Rabindranath Tagore, Mani Ratnam, Kamala Markandaya

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