English 610 Special Topics
Drawing on recent social, political, and literary theory this seminar will explore ways in which national identity is constructed and transformed. Particular attention will be paid to the role of literature and its institutions in colonial, anticolonial, and postcolonial contexts.
During the first six class meetings
we will develop a theoretical/textual background from which independent
student projects will emerge. The remaining nine sections will
be student directed, with students assuming principal responsibility
for topic, reading, and assignment selection, and for leadership
of discussion/class activities (see the list of possible topics).
Assignments will include either a major project (minimum
20 pages) or two significant essays (minimum 10 pages each),
regular 1-2 page "think pieces" exploring the readings,
and responsibility for leading a seminar meeting. Attendance,
careful reading, and participation are assumed (poor attendance
may lead to dropping the grade or failing the seminar). Although
the professor has responsibility for evaluation and grading, all
assignments will also be self-evaluated and self-graded. The final
grade will be weighted something like 50% written project, 25%
participation/"think pieces", 25% seminar leading.
Menchú, Rigoberta and Elizabeth Burgos-Debray. I, Rigoberta Menchú (1983)
Fanon, Frantz. Wretched of the Earth (1961)
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (1983)
Said, Edward. Culture and Imperialism (1993)
Ousmane, Sembene. Xala (1976)
et al. depending
on topics/texts chosen by students
Partial Definitions: Cultural Studies/Literary Studies, Colonialism, Nation-State, Post-structuralism
Discussion of I, Rigoberta Menchú
Marx, Karl and Engels. "The Communist Manifesto" (1848)
Marx, Karl. Letter on Ireland (1870)
Trotsky, Leon. "The Formalist School of Poetry and Marxism" (Literature and Revolution 1924)
Macaulay, Thomas B. "Minute on Indian Education" 1835
Viswanathan, Gauri. "Currying Favor: The Politics of British Educational and Cultural Policy in India, 1813-1854" (Social Text F 1988)
Hawkes, Terrance. "Swisser-Swater:
making a man of English letters" (Alternative Shakespeares,
Fanon, Frantz. Wretched of the Earth (esp. "On Violence," "National Culture," "Pitfalls of National Culture")
Lenin, Vladimir. On the National
Althusser, Louis. "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus" Lenin and Philosophy
Foucault, Michel. "Panopticism" Discipline and Punish (1977)
Said, Edward. "Introduction"
and "Chapter One: Overlapping Territories, Intertwined Histories"
and "The Native Under Control" (Culture and Imperialism,
from Gellner, Ernest. Nations and Nationalism (1983)
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined
from Mosse, George. Nationalism and Sexuality
Jayawardena, Kumari. "Introduction" Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World
Chatterjee, Partha. "The Nationalist Resolution of the Women's Question" (Recasting Women: Essays in Indian Colonial History, 1989)
Franco, Jean. "On Killing Nuns, Priests, Women, and Children" (Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture)
Pratt, Mary Louise. "Women, Literature, and the National Brotherhood" (Women, Culture, and Politics in Latin America 1990)
Parker, Andrew et al "Introduction" (Nationalisms and Sexualities 1992)
Sedgewick, Eve Kososky. "Nationalisms
and Sexualities in the Age of Wilde" (Nationalisms and
Hsun, Lu. "Diary of a Madman"
Sembene, Ouseman. Xala
Jameson, Frederick. "Third World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capital" (1987)
Said, Edward. "Themes of Resistance Culture" and "Collaboration, Independence, and Liberation" (Culture and Imperialism 1993)
Ahmad, Aijaz from "In Theory: Nations, Classes, and Literatures" (1992)
Chatterjee, Partha. from Nationalism
and the Third World: A Derivative Discourse (1987)
Foucault, Michel. Discipline
and Punish: The Birth of the Prison 1979.
Blaut, James: The National Question
Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1974)
from Giroux, Henry. Border Pedagogy
Cohen, Walter. Drama of a Nation (1988)
Greenblat, Stephen. Shakespearean Negotiations (1988)
Breight, Curt. "Treason Doth Never Prosper" Shakespeare Quarterly (1990)
McEachern, Claire. "Henry V and the Paradox of the Body Politic" Shakespeare Quarterly (1994)
Neil, Michel. "Broken English
and Broken Irish" Shakespeare Quarterly (1994)
Bakhtin. Discourse and the Novel.
Brennan, Timothy. from Salman
Rushdie and the Third World
Conrad, Joseph. Nostromo
James Fennimore Cooper? Willa Cather?
Slotkin, Regeneration Through Violence. "Birth of
a Nation" Native American literature of resistance? Lauter,
Paul. "Literature of America in a Comparative Perspective"?
Gordimer, Nadine. Burgher's Daughter?
Head, Besse. A Question of Power ? Other novel? Poetry?
Mackinnon, Catherine. Toward a Feminist Theory of the State?
Douglass on the 4th of July?, Chestnut?,
Wright?, Ellison? Black Aesthetics? Houston Baker, The Journey
Ngugi, Decolonizing the Mind,,
Harlow, Barbara. Resistance Literature
from Beverley, John, Against Literature
from Carey-Webb, Teaching and
Couple of novels by Sembene, Ngugi,
Armah, Achebe. Essays by Appiah, Lazarus, etc.
Fuentes, Carlos. The Death of
Artemio Cruz, Marquez, Autumn of the Patriarch, Castellanos.
Balun Canan etc. Essays by Rama on Transculturation/Lettered
City, or Paz, Labyrinth of Solitude, Jean Franco, Plotting
Rushdie, Salman. Midnight's Children,
essays from Imaginary Homelands. Brennan, Timothy: Salman
Rushdie and the Third World... Narayan, Rao, Markandaya?
Literature such as The Joy Luck Club, Jasmine, or Barrio Boy
Theory such as Homi Bhabha, "DissimiNation:Time,
narrative and the margins of the modern nation," or Gloria
T.E. Lawrence, The Seven
Pillars of Wisdom / Antonius, The Arab Awakening ?
Public Culture (1993
5.3) Television and the Third World, Video Night in
Katmandu, "Cannibal Tours" ??
Ariel Dorfman, The Empires's
Old Clothes , "Transformers" and "GI Joe"
Said, Edward. "Freedom from Domination in the Future" (Culture and Imperialism. 1993)
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