Course Detail

195:307: Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures and Theories

  • SAS Core Requirement: AHp, AHo, 21C

In this course we will discuss, through the lens of postcolonialism and decoloniality, major literary and filmic texts that, as John McLeod puts it, have been “produced by people from countries with a history of colonialism, primarily those concerned with the workings and legacy of colonialism, and resistance to it, in either the past or the present.” We will read and discuss texts from the Americas, South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with the goal of developing the student’s capacity to think and write critically about postcolonial literatures in a comparative framework. In the course of the semester we will pay particular attention to the role of nation and national culture, language, education, and law in constructing the identities of both colonized peoples and contemporary people in postcolonial nations struggling to decolonize their identities. Readings include works by Franz Fanon, Chinua Achebe, Mahatma Gandhi, Arundhati Roy, Ngugi Wa Thiog’o, Tayeb Salih, and Alejo Carpentier – all available on SAKAI. Assignments include regular reading responses, one shorter paper, and one longer paper. This course fulfills Core requirements 21C, AHo and AHp. Course Cross-listing: 013:307