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Kellie D. Holzer
ENGL 316
Seattle Campus

Postcolonial Literature and Culture

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.

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English 316 “Post-colonial Literatures of South Asia” offers a basic introduction to some of the key concepts and debates in post-colonial studies with a focus on writing from the South Asian subcontinent and its diaspora. We’ll read novels, stories, and essays in English and in translation by authors such as Rabindranath Tagore, Salman Rushdie, Khushwant Singh, Sara Suleri, Mahasweta Devi, and Shyam Selvadurai spanning the 20th century from/about pre-independence, partition of the subcontinent, and post-independence India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Issues covered include anti-colonialism and nationalisms, gender and sexuality, communal violence, colonial and contemporary Orientalism, and migration.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kellie D. Holzer
Date: 10/23/2007