2511 - Post Colonial Fiction and Poetry from Africa, Latin America, and the Black Atlantic
Thought about exploring non-Western literature? When in the 19th and 20th centuries, western Europe and the United States imposed their will upon the peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, they hardly imagined that their dominance would face vigorous resistance and defeat in the mid-20th century. Much of the resistance was offered by poets and novelists in the colonized spaces. This course will consider some canonical works of the 20th-century interrogation of empire, beginning with two ur-texts of British colonialism by Joseph Conrad. The course will conclude with Coetzee's Disgrace from post-apartheid South Africa. We will read and discuss works from Kenya, the Caribbean, and Syria. Some 30 pages of readings in PDF files will be emailed to students. This course is framed like a book club for those curious about world literature. The only requirements are to read an average of 95 pages per week and to share your questions and insights. Please note: Before the first class, students should read Joseph Conrad's “An Outpost of Progress” and Heart of Darkness. Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion.
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