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Other ways to be: decolonization in Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Namwali Serpell's The Old Drift

Richter, Gerd Tobin (2023) Other ways to be: decolonization in Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Namwali Serpell's The Old Drift. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In this BPhil thesis, I propose that One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez 1967) and The Old Drift (Namwali Serpell 2019) are decolonial novels in the sense that they call for the dismantling of the cultural, political, and economic inequalities created by colonialism, which continue to relegate the Global South to a subordinate position in the modern world, even after the formal end of colonial rule. I especially focus on cultural decolonization, which, within the context of these two novels, I define as a practice of 1) rejecting Eurocentric and racist readings of Global South history; 2) countering the claim that the Global South is best served by emulating the Global North; and 3) promoting alternatives to dominant social, economic, and political models. I analyze how both authors reject and satirize Eurocentric discourses and how they challenge the efficacy of the postcolonial nation-state, which they frame as unable to deal with the injustices and inequalities created by colonialism. Then I investigate whether the novels frame violence as an acceptable means of decolonization and what they suggest an equitable, decolonized world might look like.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Richter, Gerd Tobinger28@pitt.eduGER280009000040941153
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBalderston, Daniel
Committee MemberGlover, Geoffrey
Committee MemberSatyavolu, Uma
Committee MemberChang,
Date: 15 April 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 27 March 2023
Approval Date: 15 April 2023
Submission Date: 10 April 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 84
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decolonization, Postcolonial, Decolonial, Nationalism, Novel, Postcolonial Nation-State, Gabriel García Márquez, Namwali Serpell, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Old Drift, Latin American Literature, African Literature, 20th Century Literature, 21st Century Literature
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2023 18:15
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2023 18:15


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