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From Anthropophagy to Glocalization: A Hundred Years of Postcolonial Responses to Globalization

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The post colonialism is generally associated to the post-World War II global movement toward independence in former colonies, the intellectual move toward cultural independence goes back much further than the last sixty years. Paraphrasing the well-known title of a classic study on post-colonial literature, the Empire has been writing back for a long while. Of course politically post-colonialism started at the end of the eighteenth century with the independence of the United States, closely followed by that of Haiti, and then of the Hispanic republics in Latin America. Therefore it would seem legitimate to start a reflection on the post-colonial cultural situation with the early Americans' claim for cultural independence, when the former British citizens of the thirteen North-American colonies had to forge their cultural identity with the English language that they shared with the former colonizing nation.

Keywords: British; post colonialism; United States; World War II

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