Vicente L. Rafael
Explores the historic roots and practices of colonialism throughout the world, focusing on the roles of nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and imperial domination. Treats colonialism as a world event whose effects continue to be felt and whose power needs to be addressed. Offered: S.
What is colonialism and how does it historically come about as an integral aspect of the formation of the West after 1500? How does a study of colonial practices and imperial regimes allow us to critically approach the ways by which Western encounters with non-Western peoples produce relations of power and inequality? What are the various ways by which colonized peoples comprehend and respond to the demands of colonial rule? What role does nationalism play in determining the limits and possibilities of colonial rule and native responses? In addressing these questions, this course will examine a variety of historical, literary, and cinematic productions set in colonial contexts ranging from the Americas to Asia and Africa, including the recent US "war on terror." In doing so, the course will treat colonialism as a world historical event whose effects are still at work and whose power continue to hold sway.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The class will consist of lectures, discussions and films.
Class assignments and grading
Readings, one mid-term exam, and one final exam, each worth 50% of the grade.
Mid-term and final exams.