Language as a mirror of cultural syncretism and hybridity

Název: Language as a mirror of cultural syncretism and hybridity
Zdrojový dokument: Theory and Practice in English Studies. 2013, roč. 6, č. 2, s. [93]-104
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In the following essay I intend to consider the issues of the search for an authentic expression in works of Samuel Selvon who employs various literary and linguistic devices in order to find adequate means reflecting his position of the author caught between (at least) two cultural traditions. Selvon has to deal with differences of narrative traditions and power relations of the various languages/cultures participating in postcolonial discourse. The technique Selvon uses is, from my perspective, a kind of manifestation of cultural evolution and represents one of the possible reactions to sociopolitical issues related to the global changes in the twentieth century. Selvon's particular literary language presents us with a concord of calypsonian elements with the wide continuum from creolized to Standard English creating the atmosphere of a new postcolonial community. Through his particular literary form, Selvon demystifies both West Indian and European cultures, thus creating space for individual consciousness of his characters as well as readers through work which is capable of preserving the essentials of community while evolving according to the needs of the contemporary world.