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Semester and Year Offered: IV Semester (Winter Semester, 2019)
Course Coordinator and Team: Vikram Singh Thakur
Email of course coordinator: vikram[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Aim: The course intends to introduce students to various literatures being written in postcolonial societies. These literatures reflect issues that are of immediate relevance to readers from postcolonial societies. By the end of the course the students will have gathered knowledge about such crucial issues like language, diaspora, culture, identity, history and nation that engage postcolonial studies today. The course will explore the aforementioned concerns through theoretical, literary and cultural texts drawn from various postcolonial nations.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Salman Rushdie, “Commonwealth Literature Does Not Exist”
Macaulay’s Minute on Indian Education
Gauri Viswanathan, “The Beginnings of English Literary Studies”
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, “The Language of African Literature”
Achebe, Chinua, “The Politics of Language”.
Edward Said, from “Introduction”, Orientalism
Gauri Shinde, English Vinglish
Wole Soyinka, The Lion and the Jewel
Girish Karnad, Hayavadana
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Derek Walcott, “A Far Cry from Africa”, “Goats and Monkeys”
R. Parthasarathy, from “Rough Passage”
Bill Ashcroft et al, ed. “Introduction”, The Empire Writes Back.
Ania Loomba, Colonialism/Postcolonialism.
Dennis Walder, Post-colonial Literatures in English: History, Language,Theory.
Robert Young, Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race .
Padmini Mongia, ed. Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: A Reader.
Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:
Date/period in which Assessment will take place
Take home assignment
Mid Semester Exam
End Semester Exam
As per AUD Academic Calendar
Class Participation and discussion
Throughout the semester