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Louis O Chude-Sokei
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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This course is a basic introduction to the issues and assumptions of a loose body of literature described as Post-colonial. This description is due to those literatures emerging from or in relationship to areas of the world that were once formally colonized by European powers and/or American cultural and political interests: India, Africa, the Caribbean for example. Though focused primarily on twentieth and twenty-first century texts, we will explore the entire history of this literature as complex manifestations of changing cultural relationships. We will also explore their idiosyncratic styles, visions and political views as products of a world where cultures, languages and ideas have become brutally mixed and gloriously mangled. Authors may include, V.S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys, Amitav Ghosh, Salman Rushdie, J.M. Coetzee, Chinua Achebe, Edwidge Danticat, R.K. Narayan, Wole Soyinka, Pauline Melville, Samuel Selvon or Ama Ata Aidoo.

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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.
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Last Update by Louis O Chude-Sokei
Date: 06/05/2012