English 138

Studies in World Literature in English: Postcolonial Narrative

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2008 Premnath, Gautam
Premnath, Gautam
TTh 11-12:30 123 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Semb�ne, O.: God�s Bits of Wood; Doyle, R.: A Star Called Henry; Munif, A.: Cities of Salt; Cliff, M.: Abeng; Roy, A.: The God of Small Things; Adichie, C.: Half of a Yellow Sun; Tyrewala, A.: No God in Sight; Ghosh, A.: In An Antique Land; and a small Course Reader


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 readings will include a selection of prose works drawn from a variety of fictional and non-fictional genres, including the novel, bildungsroman, testimonial narrative, polemic, and the traveler�s tale. We�ll explore the varied roles that literature has played in processes of political and imaginative decolonization, and consider the complexly ambivalent response that currently prevails toward the legacies of independence.

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