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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 2850  Post-Colonial Literature in English

English 2850 Section 001        CRN 38090
Post-Colonial Literature in English     1530-1800 T

This course will be a study of 20th century narratives by authors from India, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt who have defined themselves with and against European cultures, in particular the British culture, in order to understand the psychological and emotional make-up of postcolonial characters within a framework, which may be labeled as the ‘memory of the past.’ Through an in-depth analysis of issues pertaining to nationalist struggles for political and gender freedoms, notions of ‘home’ and ‘homelands,’ indigenous traditions and westernization, transnational and inter-cultural circulation of themes and responses, and normative gender roles and identities, we will theorize the multifarious configurations of the postcolonial mind in the context of cultural and socio-political past of colonial and pre-colonial times as remembered by postcolonial literati. The writers included in this course are R.K. Narayan, Chinua Achebe, Thiong’o wa Ngugi, Okot p’Bitek, Nawal El Saadawi, Popati Hiranandani, Tayeb Salih, and Naguib Mahfouz. Course requirements will include mid-term and final exams, one research paper and active preparation and class participation.  (Group 2)