Decolonization in Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom Cabin, Life among the Lowly
English Department, Faculty of Arts, Khorramabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Khorramabad, Iran
Abstract: The study tries to explore decolonization, which is a process to achieve cultural independence, in Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom Cabin, Life among the Lowly. As an autonomous American author, Stowe applies the techniques to declare the American independent themes; namely decolonization through literature, which is a component of a national culture. She, purposely, depicts the consciously imagination of American archetypal tendency of sacrifice and heroism to instruct the members of her society, like other nation’s autonomous authors, abrogation of the legitimized Master/Slave discourse. Moreover, she undermines this hierarchical classification through the dialectic encounter between characters and introduces Uncle Tom as American Jesus who presents the unpresentable notion of Master/Slave in the Bible. This new American interpretation, unlike traditional Biblical notion of Master/Slave, announces that it is impossible to be a true Christian and also a slave owner; therefore, the article explores an America theme in the novel, that is, decolonization.
[Hajiali Sepahvand. Decolonization in Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom Cabin, Life among the Lowly. Life Sci J2013;10(1):3021-3029] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com.
Keywords- abrogation, decolonization, master/slave, undermining, unpresentable.