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130199 PS Sozialgeschichte der Lit. (PS): Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Theory (2015W)

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max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

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Dienstag 13.10. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 20.10. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 27.10. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 03.11. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 10.11. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 17.11. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 24.11. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 01.12. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 15.12. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 12.01. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 19.01. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 26.01. 12:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Postcolonial theory, which developed in the 1980s, is today one of the most productive analytical tools for the study of culture. Rather than being an abstract theory, it is a dynamic discourse that emerged from the cultural and social experience of the colonial and postcolonial citizen. Through a close reading of literary texts, the course will study colonial discourse as a textual enterprise of domination and postcolonial discourse as a form of resistance against the Eurocentric assumptions of English literature and culture and as a way of redefining the postcolonial self and the world. The reading selection covers the most representative English-language postcolonial authors from Africa, East Asia, the Caribbean, United States and Britain, focusing mainly on short fiction and non-fiction. Literary texts will be used as the basis for the explication of key terms of postcolonial theory such as “anti-colonial resistance”, “hybridity”, “otherness” and “mimicry”. The texts are roughly chronologically subdivided into eleven main topics: imperial (colonial) writing, anti-colonial discourses, theorizations of race and language, the postcolonial self, postcolonial historical revisionism, national constructions, gender and the postcolonial nation, postcolonialism and globalization, migrancy and displacement, and transcultural writing.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Participation and homework (40%), oral presentation (20%), argumentative essay, 10-12 pages (40%) due March 31, 2016

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

• identify, analyse and understand the key philosophical, historical, political and aesthetic issues of postcolonial literature
• apply close reading skills and critical thinking to a variety of literary texts
• reflect critically on the relations between primary texts and relevant secondary texts
• discriminate between ideas and justify personal positions
• produce well-structured, relevant arguments with an appropriate intellectual framework

Prüfungsstoff

Lecture, discussion and homework (VO + UB)

Literatur

COURSE SCHEDULE:
BLOCK 1: COLONIALISM AND ANTI-COLONIALISM

Week 2 Introduction (October 13)
Mrs. Ernest Ames, ABC for Baby Patriots (1898)
John Ruskin, Conclusion to the Inaugural Lecture (1870)
Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden” (1899)
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1889)

Week 3 Reading colonial discourses (October 20)
Flaubert, Letters from Egypt (1849)
Anthony Trollope, Aboriginals (1873)
Edward Said, Orientalism (1978) – pp. 1-12.

Week 4 Reading anti-colonial discourses (October 27)
Doris Lessing, “The Old Chief Mshlanga” (1951)
Peter Abrahams, Tell Freedom (1954), pp. 26-35.
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1963), pp. 1-8.

Week 5 Theorizing race (November 3)
Frantz Fanon, “The Fact of Blackness”, from Black Skin, White Masks (1952)
Dambudzo Marechera, “Black Skin What Mask” (1978)
Justin Edwards, Postcolonial Literature (Palgrave, 2008), Chapter 2 – “Difference”

BLOCK 2: POSTCOLONIALISM

Week 6 Re-writing the self: postcolonial autobiographical writing (November 10)
Camara Laye, The Dark Child (1954) – excerpt
Justin Edwards, Postcolonial Literature (Palgrave, 2008), Chapter 2 – “Difference”

Week 7 Re-writing history and writing back (November 17)
Chinua Achebe, “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness” (1975)
Chinua Achebe, Interview with Bill Moyers (1988) –YouTube
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart 1958 (excerpt)

Week 8 Re-writing history and writing back (November 24)
Raja Rao, Kanthapura (1938) - excerpt
Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John (1986) – excerpt
V.S. Naipaul, “Columbus and Crusoe” (1967)
C.L. Innes, The Cambridge Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English (2007) – Chapter 3:
“Alternative Histories and Writing Back”

Week 9 Theorizing language (December 1)
Chinua Achebe, “The African Writer and the English Language” (1962)
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, “The Language in African Literature” from Decolonising the Mind (1986)
Justin Edwards, Postcolonial Literature (Palgrave, 2008), Chapter 3- “Language”

Week 10 Re-writing her story: (post)colonialism and gender (December 15)
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (1988) – excerpt
Parselelo Kantai, “You Wreck Her” (2009)
Justin Edwards, Postcolonial Literature (Palgrave, 2008), Chapter 9 – “Gender”

BLOCK 3: GLOBALIZATION AND TRANS-CULTURATION

Week 11 Postcolonial hybridity and trans-cultural writing (January 13)
Bessie Head, A Woman Alone (1968) – excerpt
Daniel Bristow-Bovey, “The First Time I Said Fuck” (2008)
Alexandra Fuller, “Fancy Dress” (2003)
Justin Edwards, Postcolonial Literature (Palgrave, 2008), Chapter 13- “Hybridity”
Oxford students protest against stereotypes: http://itooamoxford.tumblr.com/

Week 12 Re-writing cultural identity: postcolonial diaspora (January 19)
Hanif Kureishi, “My Son the Fanatic” (1997)
Jhumpa Lahiri, “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine” (1999)
Justin Edwards, Postcolonial Literature (Palgrave, 2008), Chapter 14 – “Diaspora”

Week 13 Re-writing the world: postcolonialism and globalization (January 26)
Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place (1988)
E.C. Osondu, “Waiting” (2009)
Justin Edwards, Postcolonial Literature (Palgrave, 2008), Chapter 15- “Globalization”
Robert Young, Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (2003), Introduction

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

BA M5

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:34