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CWL 571 RM - Seminar in Literary Relations - Foundations of Postcolonial Th

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Investigation of the impact of one literature upon another, or of some specific works upon others (the role of English literature in continental Europe, the influence of Russian novelists on French and German writers, etc.). Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours if topics vary.

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Foundations of Postcolonial Theory This course will provide a detailed introduction to the origins, development, and various transformations of postcolonial theory. The course will be structurally divided into three parts. The first part will cover the theoretical and political roots of postcolonial theory, ranging from the Frankfurt School, the work of Eric Hobsbawm, to the non-western responses to the bipolar rhetoric of the Cold War. The second part will follow the trajectory of the pedagogy of postcolonial theory and criticism, focusing on selections of key texts by Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, Homi Bhabha, Partha Chatterjee et al., and end with a discussion on Subaltern Studies. In the third part, students will work on more contemporary manifestations of postcolonial theory and its dialogs with memory studies, theories of globalization etc. Coursework will include one long term paper, 2 shorter projects and 2 short class presentations

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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