What Does it Mean to “Decolonize Your Bookshelf”?

What Does it Mean to “Decolonize Your Bookshelf”?

Book Culture

Many among us are obsessed with the state of our bookshelves. We meticulously organize, arrange, and decorate our personal libraries according to varying criteria: author, title, color, height, etc. But how often have you paused to consider how those books made it to your bookshelf? Have you ever read between the lines of one of your favorite works and found something troubling? And how often have you stopped to wonder about the classic works accepted into the Western literary canon and why they’re there?   Those of us who have ever studied postcolonial theory have, at the very least, a cursory …