SLAVIC 470 - Topics in Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe
Section: 001 Colonialism of the Imagination: Greece and the Balkans
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
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A critic of Western policies in relation to the Balkans, Vesna Goldsworthy, proposes a new way of looking at colonialism by broadening the scope of its critique to what she calls 'colonialism of the imagination': the Western appropriation of other cultures in literature, film and, lately, the entertainment industry. The colonialism of the imagination is open for investigation alongside other far better studied aspects of colonization — military, economic, and cultural. In this course we will investigate its points of convergence and divergence with the 'common' methods of colonization, using the examples of Greece and the Balkans, as well as what is normally considered the 'postcolonial world.'

Readings will include fiction (Colossus of Maroussi, Henry Miller; Bitter Lemons of Cyprus, Lawrence Durell; Black Lamb, Gray Falcon, Rebecca West; Dracula, Bram Stoker), alongside postcolonial and political theory (Goldsworthy, Said, Spivak, Longinovic), as well as film (Murder on the Orient Express), poetry, music and even cartoons (Joe Sacco).

SLAVIC 470 - Topics in Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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