Syllabus for English 573: "Postcolonial" Literature

(Literature of Africa, India, and the Caribbean)

Spring 1999


Professor: Paul Brians

Office: 339 Avery Hall (check door for notes stating where I am currently)
Phone: 332-4645 (leave voice mail message)
Office hours: 9:45-10:45 MWF and most afternoons.
E-mail address: brians@wsu.edu
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World Wide Web home page: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/
Web page for this course: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/anglophone/
I am also in most afternoons. Feel welcome to drop by.


Textbooks:

Patrick Williams & Laura Chisman, eds.: Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader
Dennis Walder: Post-Colonial Literatures in English: History, Language, Theory
Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart
Buchi Emecheta The Joys of Motherhood
Wole Soyinka: Collected Plays 2
Bessie Head: Maru
Nadine Gordimer: Selected Stories
Derek Walcott: Collected Poems 1948-1984
Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place
R. K. Narayan: The Painter of Signs
Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses


January

12 Course introduction. Before coming to class, read on-line: "Postcolonial Literature": Problems with the Term," at http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/anglophone/postcolonial.html

African Literature

14 Négritude & Modern African Literature: Williams & Chrisman 1-52 (Introduction, Senghor: "Negritude: A Humanism of the Twentieth Century," Frantz Fanon: "On National Culture)

19 Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart, Walder: 1-19 ("Introducing the Post-Colonial"); Williams & Chrisman, 428-434 (Achebe: "The African Writer and the English Language")

21 Buchi Emecheta: The Joys of Motherhood, Chapters 1-11

26 Buchi Emecheta: The Joys of Motherhood, Chapters 12-18; Williams & Chrisman: 244-256 (Suleri: "Woman Skin Deep: Feminism and the Postcolonial Condition")

28 Film: Have You Seen Drum Recently?

February

2 Film: Have You Seen Drum Recently?, Walder: 42-83 ("Language" & "Theory")
Research paper proposals and annotated bibliography due.

4 *Williams & Chrisman, 66-111: Spivak: "Can the Subaltern Speak?"

9 Wole Soyinka: Wole Soyinka: The Lion and the Jewel and Madmen and Specialists

11 *Bessie Head: Maru

16 Videotape: Fugard: Master Harold and "The Boys"

18 Videotape: Fugard: Master Harold and "The Boys"; Walder: 152-186 ("South African Literature in the Interregnum")

23 Nadine Gordimer: *"The Bridegroom," "The Gentle Art," "Six Feet of the Country"

25 Nadine Gordimer: *"Which New Era Would That Be?" Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet?" "The Train from Rhodesia."

 

March

Caribbean Literature

2 Mid-term examination

4 Walder: 116-151 ("Caribbean and Black British Poetry"); *Derek Walcott: "Origins," "The Gulf," "Negatives"

9 Derek Walcott: *"The Schooner Flight," *"Hurucan"

11 *Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place

Indian Literature

23 *Williams & Chrisman: 132-171 (Said: "From Orientalism," Porter: "Orientalism and Its Problems, Ahmad: "Orientalism and After")

25 *Rushdie: The Satanic Verses: I-II

30 *Rushdie: The Satanic Verses: III-VI

April

1 *Rushdie: The Satanic Verses: VII-IX

6 *R. K. Narayan: The Painter of Signs; Walder: 87-115 ("Indo-Anglian Fiction, Narayan and Sahgal")

8 *Walder: 189-209 ("After Post-Colonialism"), Williams & Chrisman: 305-323 (Loomba: "Overworlding the "Third World")

13 Film: Bhaji on the Beach

16 Film: Bhaji on the Beach.

All research papers due. No extensions!

20 Discussion of research papers

22 Discussion of research papers

27 Discussion of research papers

29 Discussion of research papers

May

7 Final examination


Grades

Mid-term exam: 20%
Final exam: 20%
Research paper: 20%
Class presentation: 20%
Discussion: 20%


Books on reserve (3-day checkout):

Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart PR9387.9.A3 T5 1996
Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, & Helen Tiffin, eds.: The Post-Colonial Studies Reader PR9080 .P57 1995
Ashcroft, Bill: The Empire Writes Back PR9080 .A93x 1989
Bahri, Deepika & Mary Vasudeva: Between the Lines: South Asians and Postcoloniality E184.S69 B48 1996
Barker, Francis, Peter Hulme & Margaret Iversen: Colonial Discourse, Postcolonial Theory PN56.C63 C65 1994
Boehmer, Elleke: Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors PR9080 .B64 1995
Childs, Peter & R. J. Patrick Williams: An Introduction to Post-Colonial Theory JV51 .C48 1997
Emecheta, Buchi: The Joys of Motherhood PR9387.9.E36 J6x 1979b
Gandhi, Leela: Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction JV51 .G36 1998
Gordimer, Nadine: Selected Stories PR6057.O63 S4 1975
Kincaid, Jamaica: A Small Place PR9275.A583 K5637 1988
Mohanram, Radhika & Gita Rajan: English Postcoloniality: Literatures from Around the World PR9080 .E55 1996
Mongia, Padmini: Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: A Reader PN771 .C595 1996
Moore-Gilbert, Bart, Gareth Stanton, et al.: Postcolonial Criticism PN94 .P65 1997
Moore-Gilbert, Bart: Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics JV51 .M65 1997
Narayan, R. K.: The Painter of Signs PR9499.3.N3 P35
Rajan, Gita and Radhika Mohanram, eds.: Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts: Theory and Criticism PN56.C63 P67 1995
Soyinka, Wole Collected Plays 2 PR9387.9 .S6 1973 v. 2
Walcott, Derek: Collected Poems 1948-1984 PR9272.9.W3 A17 1986
Walder, Dennis: Post-Colonial Literatures in English: History, Language, Theory PR9080 .W25 1998
Williams, Patrick & Laura Chisman, eds.: Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader JV51 .C73 1993


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