ENGLISH 822 - Seminar: Critical Theory
Section: 001 Postcolonial Literature and Postsymptomatic Reading
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What modes of reading and interpretation are most useful for the politically aware humanities work that has been loosely grouped together under the sign of postcolonial studies? This course provides an overview of recent debates around ways of reading — postcritical, surface, distant, reparative, etc. — that we might loosely group together as modes of “postsymptomatic reading,” insofar as they inevitably signal their departure from Fredric Jameson’s influential model of symptomatic reading.

We’ll orient our theoretical conversations around three postcolonial novels: Butterfly Burning, by the Zimbabwean author Yvonne Vera; The Lonely Londoners, by the Trinidadian author Sam Selvon; and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by the Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid.

Course Requirements:

  • leading one session of the class, with a partner
  • a final paper between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length

Intended Audience:

Priority is given to PhD students.

ENGLISH 822 - Seminar: Critical Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for ENGLISH 822 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Office of Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)