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Honors 200: Post-colonial Theory and Novel

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Dr. Howe
Spring 2011
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00

Post-Colonial Theory and Novel


* indicates required texts
* The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (Ashcroft, Griffiths, Tiffin)
The Post-Colonial Studies Reader (Ashcroft, Griffiths, Tiffin)
* Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
* Things Fall Apart (Achebe)
* Petals of Blood (Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o)


We’ll be meeting once a week, for about an hour, to discuss the readings. Each tutorial, you’ll be required to bring in a two- to three-page essay response to the readings, on an important theme, motif, or argument that is of interest to you (a copy for me, and one for you). You should be brief, but you should not allow your ideas either to be wholly unrooted in the details of the readings, or to be consumed with only the details; instead, try to strike a nice balance of idea and supporting detail. We will start the tutorial with any specific questions you had regarding the reading, particularly concrete questions of meaning, context, and so on. Then, you will read your response aloud. Finally, we will discuss your response in light of the readings.

At the end of the term, I will expect an 8-10 page research-based analytical essay on a topic we come up with together, of between 6 and 8 reputable sources. All your work should be in MLA form, with clear attention to the stylistic and formal elements of your prose.


Meeting 1
Ashcroft, et. al. Empire Writes Back (Introduction, Chapters 1-2)
(Bronte, Jane Eyre)
Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Lamming, “The Occasion for Speaking” (optional; in reader)

Meeting 2
Ashcroft, et. al. (Chapters 3-4)
Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Brathwaite, “Creolization in Jamaica” (optional; in reader)
Said, “Orientalism” (optional; in reader)
(choose one of the optional readings)

Meeting 3
Ashcroft, et. al. (Chapters 4-end)
Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Achebe, “Colonialist Criticism” (required; in reader)
Okunoye, Oyeniyi. “Half a Century of Reading Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart.English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature.  91.1 (Feb. 2010): 42-57.  (optional, look up in library databases)
Meeting 4
Achebe, Things
Fanon, “National Culture” (required, in reader)

Meeting 5
Ngugi, Petals of Blood
Vishnawathan, “The Beginnings of English Literary Study in British India” (required, in reader)

Meeting 6
Ngugi, Petals of Blood
Ngugi, “On the Abolition of the English Department” (required, in reader)
Ngugi, “The Language of African Literature” (requireed, in reader)

Meeting 7
Ngugi, Petals of Blood
Kanneh, “Feminism and the Colonial Body” (optional, in reader)
Petersen, “First Things First: Problems of a Feminist Approach to African Literature” (optional, in reader)
(one optional reading is required)

Meeting 8
Proposal (2-3pgs) and tentatibe bibliography for research essay

Meeting 9
Essay due.

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