English 100

Junior Seminar: Colonialism and Its Dissed Contents: An Introduction to Postcolonial Theory

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2005 Joshi, Priya
MW 11-12:30 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Haggard, H. R.: King Solomon's Mines (1885); Kipling, R.: Kim (1901); Joyce, J.: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916); C�saire, A.: A Notebook of a Return to the Native Land (1939); Rushdie, S.: East, West (1995); Said, E.: Orientalism; Culture and Imperialism; Nandy, A.: The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism; Fanon, F.: Black Skins, White Masks, The Wretched of the Earth; C�saire, A.: Discourse on Colonialism

A reader including short pieces by the following scholars will also be required: Jean and John L. Comaroff, Homi Bhabha, Bernard Cohn, Eric Hobsbawm, John MacKenzie, Anne McClintock, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Benita Parry, Terry Eagleton, and Gayatri Spivak. "


"This is a research intensive junior seminar in which we will explore the theories and fictions that have characterized the encounter between the European metropolis and its colonial peripheries during the very long nineteenth century that has somehow lingered into the twentieth. The literary works we will read from England, Ireland, Martinique, and India come from metropolitan novelists writing empire as well as figures from the former colonies writing back to the center. These literary readings comprise approximately half of our course. They will frame our inquiry by providing the case studies to help us scrutinize and evaluate postcolonial theory, that critical impulse that has had such a profound impact on literary studies in the last quarter century. The theoretical and historical readings on our list come from a number of foundational texts in the field that will help us understand and complicate the following topics: the politics of culture; the psychology of colonialism; imperialism and popular representation; refusing and resisting empire; narrating territories; aestheticizing empire; inventing the Other; imagining nationalism. In no way do these readings claim to survey postcolonial theory: rather, their selection and organization (into six thematic modules) is intended as an introduction to the methods and approaches that this area of inquiry has made available to literary and cultural studies.

In keeping with the research and methods requirements of English 100, we will make several class trips to the library (both Main and Bancroft) to see what discoveries we can make together of imperialism and its textual legacies among Berkeley's collections. Course requirements include attendance and active participation in all meetings, 1 graded oral presentation, 2 short papers, and a longer (15 page) research paper. There will be no midterm or final exam. "

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