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Published: 29 November 2021

Oroonoko: Post-colonialism, Kant and Todorov

Seren Boz Gökçen

Istanbul Aydin University, Turkey

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10.31014/aior.1991.04.04.321

Pages: 95-100

Keywords: Kant, The Noumenal World, The Phenomenal World, Todorov’s Scales, Oroonoko, Aphra Behn, Colonialism, Slavery, Being Other

Abstract

Postcolonial theory looks at history, and it links to culture, sociology, psychology, and even politics and law. This study aims to analyze Aphra Behn Oroonoko with respect to post-colonialism, in particular, investigation of the extent colonialism, slavery, and being other. Oroonoko displays literary fiction and reality at the same time; thus, Immanuel Kant’s concepts of the noumenal world and phenomenal world have significant meaning. It draws on these theories and worlds: while the phenomenal world is day-to-day life conditions, the noumenal world is impossible to experience. On the other hand, Tzvetan Todorov’s perspectives on stories and novels are different, and he puts them in scales such as fantastic, uncanny and marvelous. For Oroonoko, readers can decide the scales only if they are willing to understand Todorov’s aims. The aim of this study is to examine Kant's concepts of the noumenal world and the phenomenal world, and Todorov's scales, as well as colonialism, slavery and being other.

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