English 203

Graduate Readings: What Does Critical Theory Have to Do with the Postcolonial?

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
4 Spring 2016 Saha, Poulomi
TTh 12:30-2 201 Wheeler World Literature
Literary Theory
Graduate Courses

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This course considers the relationship between the development of critical theory and the colonized and postcolonial worlds. It will ask how and where histories, cultures, and philosophies of the global south appear and intersect with continental philosophy. Rather than pursue this question genealogically, this course is invested in producing a nexus of inquiry through three sites of (post)coloniality – North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and East Asia – and a variety of reading practices and methodologies. If, as Tim Brennan has argued, “The telos of the imperial project is reached when the third-world subject is able to deconstruct the epistemic violence of colonialism only by way of Continental theory,” what are the politics and epistemologies that emerge from this consideration? What are its pitfalls? And what alternate ways of reading and thinking about literature, culture, politics, and affect might develop from thinking together the continental tradition and the colonial world?

Readings may include texts from Assia Djebar, Frantz Fanon, GWF Hegel, Walter Benjamin, Karl Marx, Mahasweta Devi, Ranajit Guha, and Jacques Derrida.

This course satisfies the Group 5 (20th Century) or Group 6 (Non-historical) requirement.

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2019
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: William Faulkner and the Historical Novel Goble, Mark
203/2 Graduate Readings Miller, Jennifer
203/3 Graduate Readings: The Queer and the Oriental Leong, Andrew Way
203/4 Graduate Readings: Renaissance Drama Knapp, Jeffrey
203/5 Graduate Readings: Nineteenth-Century U. S. Historical Poetics Otter, Samuel
Fall, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Allegorical Moments: Public, Private, and the Writing of Everyday Life Hejinian, Lyn
203/4 Graduate Readings: American Genres Serpell, C. Namwali
203/5 Graduate Readings: Prospectus Workshop Abel, Elizabeth
Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Radical Enlightenment? Goldstein, Amanda Jo
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Novel in Theory Hale, Dorothy J.
203/3 Graduate Readings: Prospectus and Grant Workshop Thornbury, Emily V.
203/4 Graduate Readings: Digital Humanities for Medieval Studies Nolan, Maura
203/5 Graduate Readings: Contemporary Chicanx/Latinx Novels Gonzalez, Marcial
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Caribbean Literature and Culture Ellis, Nadia
203/2 Graduate Readings: Comparative Colonialisms: Latin America and the U.S. Saldaña, Maria
203/3 Graduate Readings: Materiality Flynn, Catherine
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: World Systems Theory and the Asian Anglophone Novel Lye, Colleen
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Political Economy of Life and Death in African American Literature and Culture JanMohamed, Abdul R.

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