This guide is prepared in support of those involved with the ENG 475 Postcolonial Fictions course - Fall 2020.
Any suggestions, comments, etc. are welcome - and encouraged.
I have crossed an ocean
I have lost my tongue
from the root of the old one
a new one has sprung.
- Grace Nichols, I Is a Long-Memoried Woman (1983)
This class will focus on texts by authors from previously colonized nations as well as theoretical works that illuminate the post/colonial discourse. Study will be organized around recurrent themes and issues in postcolonial narratives, including the writing of history, nationalism, identity, gender, and race. We will also focus on the specific social, cultural and historic contexts from which these texts emerge. Students will develop insights into and critical perspectives about the continual processes of political, economic, and cultural struggle that result from imperialism, including current social justice movements like Black Lives Matter.
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