The Sun Never Sets: Introduction to Postcolonial Literature
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION
credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
Although the field of postcolonial studies is relatively new, it has already produced an impressive body of literature and criticism for examining how British colonialism and imperialism have shaped the modern world. This course is intended to introduce the student to the key English literary texts and theoretical concerns in this ongoing discourse, including questions about race, nation, gender, and cultural identity. We will also address the historical role Christian theology played in colonialism, as well as its place in recuperative strategies of nationhood and equality. We will study novels, films, and other media, from sources as varied as Canada, India, the Caribbean, Africa, and Great Britain.
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CLASS CONDUCT AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The classes will incorporate both lecture and discussion formats. I will introduce each text and its critical background, and then as a class we will examine the text in detail, as well as any supplementary texts. This means that you must attend class, keep up with the readings, and be prepared to contribute to class discussions. It would be useful for you to note what you believe are significant sections from the texts, and how they may contribute to our understanding of the course as a whole.
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our relationship with peers. Major assignments will be vetted by
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Agreement detailing our shared understanding of professional practices
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Student Support Services
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