2511 - Fiction and Poetry from Africa, Latin America, and the Black Atlantic: Select Post Colonial Literature (CANCELLED)
This course will focus on select stories and poems representative of post-colonial literature from Africa, Latin America, and the Black Atlantic. Conrad expresses ambivalence and equivocation on Empire. Memmi critiques the Imperial imagination. Kenya’s Ngugi dramatizes the dualities of Empire, by drawing comparisons with traditional cultural forms. Kincaid finds special potency in the metaphor of the mother-daughter relationship to explore the disease of colonialism in the Antilles. South Africa’s Coetzee provides a harrowing allegory of Empire and authoritarianism, reminiscent of Conrad and Kafka. Poets Neruda and Zurita of South America are perennial masters of the poetry of witness against the legacies of imperialism. Structured around reading and discussion, this course is designed to be a stimulating book club for committed readers. The instructor will email the Neruda and Zurita selections to students. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion
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