Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG270Y1Y L0101

ENG270Y1Y     L0101     T11-1, R11
Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures
Instructor: S. Walther

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBA

Brief description of the course: In this course, we will read important texts of the colonial period alongside postcolonial responses to their representational and formal strategies. This approach will help us to examine colonial discourse, while also questioning the idea of the ‘postcolonial’ in itself. We will explore the political and aesthetic meanings of postcoloniality in a diverse range of literary texts from the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, Australia, and Canada. Additionally, selected theoretical texts will provide a thorough understanding of the important concerns of contemporary postcolonial theory and of the dialogue between theory and literature.

Required reading:
Ania Loomba, Colonialism/Postcolonialism
Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Speckled Band”
 Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Derek Walcott, Selected Poems
Bessie Head, Maru
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace
Anita Desai, Clear Light of Day
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
Mudrooroo, Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World
Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach
Dionne Brand, Land to Light On
Falardeau, Philippe (dir.), Monsieur Lazhar
Selections from Frantz Fanon, Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Homi Bhabha

First three authors/texts: Doyle, Loomba, Conrad

Method of evaluation: Participation (10%); in-class close reading (10%); short essay (20%);final essay proposal (5%) final essay (30%); exam (25%).

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