English 190

Research Seminar: The Urban Postcolonial


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
9 Fall 2012 Ellis, Nadia
TTh 9:30-11 222 Wheeler

Book List

Abani, Chris: Graceland; Chandra, Vikram: Love and Longing in Bombay; Channer (ed): Kingston Noir; Cole, Teju: Open City; O'Neill, Joseph: Netherland; Rhodes-Pitts, Sharifa: Harlem is Nowhere; Smith, Zadie: White Teeth; Vladislavic, Ivan: Portrait With Keys: Johannesburg Unlocked

Other Readings and Media

Course Reader will provide critical reading as well as other fictional texts.

Films: Nair, Salaam Bombay; Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire; Henzell, The Harder They Come; Hood, Tsotsi; Van der Haak, Lagos/Koolhas; Elgood and Letts, Dancehall Queen 

 

Description

For reasons to do with some of its most canonical texts (Achebe’s Things Fall Apart being the most proffered example), postcolonial literature is often thought to present a conflict between “tradition” and “modernity,” a conflict sometimes imaged as the peaceful village intruded upon by the demands of the bustling metropolis. As it turns out, urban landscapes are key staging grounds for the terms, claims, and experiences of postcoloniality. With case studies from very different cities—Kingston, Lagos, Bombay, London, and New York—we will explore how writers and artists present postcolonial subjects creating, making use of, and contending with metropolitan spaces. Here writers and artists use urban settings to open up conversations around history, empire, identity, and belonging. Course themes will include creolization and hybridity; ritual and performance; the politics and meaning of wandering; the politics and aesthetics of space; gender and sexuality; and yes, even tradition and modernity, but remixed. An open and on-going question concerns the relevance of the term postcolonial in the US space, which students will be able to explore in a research paper on the Bay Area.

Please read the paragraph on page 2 of the instructions area of this Announcement of Classes for more details about enrolling in or wait-listing for this course.

Please click here for more information about enrollment in English 190.

Other Recent Sections of This Course

fall, 2022

190/1

Research Seminar: Ulysses

190/3

Research Seminar: Nineteenth Century American Ecologies

190/4

Research Seminar: Material Dickinson

190/5

Research Seminar: 1922: Modernism's Year 1

190/6

Research Seminar: Crisis and Culture: The 1930s, 1970s, and post-2008 in Comparative Perspective

190/7

Research Seminar

190/8

Research Seminar: The Work of Ursula Le Guin

190/9

Research Seminar: Modern California Books and Movies

spring, 2022

190/1

Research Seminar: Emily Dickinson

190/2

Research Seminar: Anatomy of Criticism

190/4

Research Seminar: What is Community?

190/5

Research Seminar: Repression and Resistance

190/6

Research Seminar: The Historical Novel

190/7

Research Seminar: Race and Travel: Relative Alterity in Medieval Times and Places

190/8

Research Seminar: Modern California Books and Movies

fall, 2021

190/1

Research Seminar: Beckett's Prose

190/2

Research Seminar: Literature on Trial: Romanticism, Law, Justice

190/3

Research Seminar: Sensation Novels in Victorian England

190/5

Research Seminar: Anti-Jewish Diatribe in Medieval England

190/8

Research Seminar: Utopian and Dystopian Books and Movies

190/10

Research Seminar

190/11

Research Seminar: Latinx Modernism

spring, 2021

190/1

Research Seminar: Literary Collaboration: Samuel Coleridge and William and Dorothy Wordsworth

190/2

Research Seminar: The Art of Reconstruction

190/3

Research Seminar: Fictions of Los Angeles

190/4

Research Seminar: Emily Dickinson

190/5

Research Seminar: Climate Change Fiction, or Cli-Fi

190/6

Research Seminar: Black Postcolonial Cultures: Real and Imagined Spaces

190/7

Research Seminar: Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics

190/8

Research Seminar: The Other Melville

190/9

Research Seminar: Chicanx Literature, Art and Performance

fall, 2020

190/1

Research Seminar: Utopia and Anti-Utopia

190/2

Research Seminar: Eco-crisis and Climate Refugueeism

190/3

Research Seminar: The Spy Novel

190/4

Research Seminar: Modern California Books and Movies

190/5

Research Seminar: Is It Useless to Revolt?

190/8

Research Seminar: Anatomy of Criticism

190/9

Research Seminar: James / Baldwin

190/10

Research Seminar: Medieval Sexuality

spring, 2020

190/1

Research Seminar: Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics

190/2

Research Seminar: William Faulkner’s Temporalities

190/3

Research Seminar: American Romanticism

190/4

Research Seminar: Poetry and the Virtues

190/5

Research Seminar: British Fiction Since 1945

190/6

Research Seminar: Hollywood in the Thirties

190/7

Research Seminar: Jane Austen

190/8

Research Seminar: James Joyce

190/9

Research Seminar: Victorian Versification

190/10

Research Seminar: Modern California Books and Film


Back to Semester List