Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG370Y1Y  L5101  M6-9
Postcolonial and Transnational Literature
Professor Sara Salih

Brief Description of Course: During this half-year course, we will be studying fictional, theoretical and non-fictional texts from a variety of contexts and geographical locales. We will survey and discuss some key postcolonial and transnational theories, and we will consider how or whether these might be described as a ‘discourse.’

 In our discussions, we will draw out some of the links between different authors, writings and regions. Among other topics, we are likely to discuss representations of ‘race’, culture and nation; the ways these might intersect with gender, sex and sexuality; the importance of location; form and style; the written and the oral; myth and tradition; history and politics.

We will ponder the usefulness of terms such as ‘postcolonial,’ ‘global,’ ‘transnational,’ and we will try to reach an understanding of what if anything connects these various texts and contexts.We will be working from an anthology of theoretical writings which we will read in conjunction with fiction and film. On the schedule, you will find details of the articles and extracts you should read each week, and you are encouraged to read widely in the anthology.

Some of the texts we’ll be reading and discussing are philosophically and conceptually challenging..

Required Reading: Fiction:J.M. Coetzee, Life & Times of Michael K.;Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World; Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John

Non-fiction:Edward Said, Orientalism; Joe Sacco, Palestine; Pramod K. Nayar (ed.), Postcolonial Studies. An Anthology 

 As well as other texts to be decided. 

First Three Authors/Texts: Said; Kincaid; Nayar

Method of Instruction: Lecture/discussion

Method of Evaluation: Subject to change: essay abstract (20%), thesis outline (5%), abstract workshop (5%), mid-term essay (45%), in-class essay (25%).

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