Universität Wien FIND

130199 PS Social History of Lit. (PS): Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Theory (2015W)

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Details

max. 40 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

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

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Aims, contents and method of the course

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.

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• 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

Examination topics

Lecture, discussion and homework (VO + UB)

Reading list

All required reading will be sent in pdf form by email.

Association in the course directory

BA M5

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