English 138

Studies in World Literature in English: Postcolonial Narrative

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2011 Premnath, Gautam
Premnath, Gautam
TTh 9:30-11 30 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Ghosh, A.: In An Antique Land; Sembene, O.: God's Bits of Wood; Munif, A.: Cities of Salt; Cliff, M.: Abeng; MacLaverty, B.: Cal; Hanif, M.: A Case of Exploding Mangoes; Roy, A.: The God of Small Things; Tyrewala, A.: No God in Sight; Adichie, C.: Half of a Yellow Sun


At the midpoint of the twentieth century much of the world was still ruled by a handful of European colonial powers. Today nearly all the world is comprised of formally independent nations. This course will consider the literature that has arisen as part of, or in response to, this tremendous historical shift. Our reading list emphasizes a selection of prose works drawn from a variety of fictional and non-fictional genres, including the novel, bildungsroman, polemic, and the traveler's tale. We'll also read poetry by Arun Kolatkar, Christopher Okigbo, and M. NourbeSe Philip. Our discussions will explore the varied roles literature has played in political and imaginative decolonization, and consider the complexly ambivalent response that currently prevails toward the legacies of independence.

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