Readings of major texts and writers in postcolonial literature and culture. Surveys some of the most important questions and debates in postcolonial literature, including issues of identity, globalization, language, and nationalism. Cultural focus may vary; see professor for specific details.
Focus on the Fiction of Abdulrazak Gurnah
This term we will focus our attention on the cultural and artistic offerings by Zanzibari authors and filmmakers. Zanzibar is an archipelago off the coast of East Africa, and functions as an island state of Tanzania. Perhaps the most well-known author from Zanzibar is Abdulrazak Gurnah, and our course will focus on several of this master storyteller's fictional works. Gurnah now resides in England, and his fiction highlights issues central to postcolonial studies, including migration, diaspora, home, belonging, memory, and many other themes. Postcolonial studies also intersects with feminism, queer studies, investigations of race and other axes of social difference, and our course will study these ideas as well. No prior coursework in postcolonial studies is necessary, just an openness to engage with ideas in a course that values classroom discussion and analysis.
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