Rumble in the Jungle: Major Postcolonial Writers and Movements
Division I; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Cross-listed as COMP115 / ENGL115
The antagonism between the West and the rest has been a defining feature of contemporary thought, especially during the struggles of the colonies to establish themselves as independent nations at the turn of the twentieth century. While armies and politicians stayed busy using blunt tools of violence, class and caste warfare, and fanning the flames of religious and ethnic tension, many artists, writers, and theorists challenged simple binaries that made cultures out to be at odds with one another by giving voice to complex identities and histories. Our works will take us around the world, and stretch us across multiple histories 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 thoughtful resistance as well as creative expression. Key authors will include Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, V.S. Naipaul, Albert Memmi, Edward Said, Salman Rushdie, and Mahasweta Devi.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three short papers, one researched term paper, presentation, class participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Enrollment Preference: students who have not yet taken a 100-level course
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: DPE: In asking students to think broadly and comparatively in film, novel, poetry, and theory about counter-hegemonic discourses of gender, race, nation, anti-colonialism, ontology, third worldism and non-Western philosophy, this course will contribute to the college's course offerings in Difference, Power, and Equity. WI: Intensive writing instruction will culminate in 20 total pages of analytic and researched writing.
Attributes: ASAM Related Courses; ENGL Literary Histories C;