COMP 115
Rumble in the Jungle: Major Postcolonial Writers and Movements Fall 2017
Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ENGL 115 / COMP 115
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The antagonism between the West and the rest has been a defining feature of contemporary thought, especially during the struggles of the former colonies to establish themselves as independent nations at the turn of the twentieth century. This course will take up the work of artists, writers, and theorists who engaged colonial dialectics and challenged them by giving voice to complex identities, histories, and politics. Our works will take us around the world, and stretch us across multiple phases of colonialism and its aftermaths. In addition to encountering a postcolonial serial killer, a pterodactyl in present-day India, and a famed boxing match sponsored by an African dictator, we will watch narrative and documentary cinema, look at visual art, and read poetry, fiction, essays, and philosophy, and consider how these media and genres work as forms of resistance and acts of world-making. Key authors will include Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, V.S. Naipaul, Albert Memmi, Edward Said, Salman Rushdie, and Mahasweta Devi. In asking students to think broadly and comparatively about discourses of otherness and their impact on artistic, philosophical, and other cultural production, this course will contribute to the college’s Exploring Diversity Initiative
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1902
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, presentation, four short 4- to 5-page interpretation papers, final 8- to 10-page research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 115 Division I COMP 115 Division I
Attributes: ASAM Related Courses

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