Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG270H1F L0101 T1-3, R1
Introduction to Postcolonial Literature
Instructor: Rijuta Mehta

Brief Description of Course: In this course, we examine the colonial archive for its representations of race, indigeneity, sexuality, and capital accumulation. We familiarize ourselves with the aesthetic and political modes of resisting colonial power around the world. Our objects of study include literature, photographs, film, and digital media, upon which we will bring to bear the techniques of textual analyses and cultural critique.

First Three Authors/Texts: The Couple in the Cage (Fusco & Gomez-Pena, USA/Mexico, 1993, 34 min); Las Casas, “Black Slaves in the New World” & “Are Not the Indians Men?” from The History of the Indies (1561) in Witness: Writings of Bartolomé de las Casas; H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines (1885).

Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Short essays, quizzes and class participation.

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