ENGLISH 627 - Critical Theories and Cross-Cultural Literature
Section: 002 Colonial and Postcolonial Discourses
Term: FA 2017
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will explore postcolonial studies in its contemporary moment, but it will do so by tracking what Ato Quayson and David Theo Goldberg call “recognizable genealogies” of postcolonial theory in the academy (and out of it) through such keywords as colonial discourse analysis, diaspora, cultural studies, ethnic studies, decolonization, globalization, and cosmopolitanism, among others. While familiar clusters such as these emphasize the relational intersections of postcolonial studies with other theoretical modes and a variety of lived experiences, we will also map the field from its particularized inception and signpost what might be its future directions. The pedagogical imperative of this course will be to resist, however, too linear or predictable a progress narrative. Edward Said’s Orientalism, for instance, will be read alongside Joseph Boone’s Homoerotics of Orientalism and a critique of the neo-Orientalist frameworks of the ongoing “War on Terror.” Barbara Harlow’s paradigm of resistance literature will be discussed in the context of our current predicaments. Homi Bhabha’s concept of “vernacular cosmopolitanism” will be allied with contemporary work on migritude and refugee studies. Rob Nixon’s description of “slow violence” will provide an entry into the emerging subfield of “green postcolonialism.” Readings will include other affiliations and conflicts with gender, Indigenous, disability, and queer studies.

ENGLISH 627 - Critical Theories and Cross-Cultural Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9781118781005
Postcolonial Studies: An Anthology, Author: Pramod K. Nayar
ISBN: 9781594631931
The kite runner, Author: Khaled Hosseini., Publisher: Riverhead Books 10th anniv 2013
ISBN: 9780226211381
Coolie woman : the odyssey of indenture, Author: Gaiutra Bahadur. 2014
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