Date of Award

Spring 2015

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies


Emily Russell

Second Advisor

Paul Reich


This project endeavors to explore the variations of the post-colonial condition in the context of the twentieth and twenty-first century by following a literary analysis of Bessie Head’s A Question of Power, Jamaica Kincaid’s See Now Then, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. This thesis hopes to draw together a series of snapshots that provide examples of the progress of the post-colonial condition. Each chapter models the ways in which colonial ideology and culture continue to intersect in new modes of societal expectations especially in terms of race, class, and gender. The combination of post-colonial analysis and literary narratives model how post-colonial identity gains fluidity and continues to be reimagined in the context of the post-modern as post-colonialism expands to include cultural diaspora.

Rights Holder

Jeannine Ortega