This schedule is subject to change as we work our way through the course. We may wish to spend more time on some texts, and less on others. "TBA" indicates areas where we may wish to add texts.

It is your responsibility to be prepared for the week's readings by having the entire novel read. 


Date/Week Subject of Discussion
September 8 Introduction/Syllabus

Introduction to Postcolonialism

What is Postcolonial?

Empire Online

Visit the websites and look around


What do the with the "n--word?"

Read or watch as much as you wish


Huckleberry Finn and the NWord


Ta-Nehisi Coates on the N Word


The Canon and Its Legacy

Conrad, Heart of Darkness

(Intro pages 9-27)

The Empire Writes Back (Chapt 1)

Key Concepts:

cannibal, centre/margin, colonial discourse, commonwealth literature, imperialism, Other, postcolonial

IS: Sept 22


Heart of Darkness

(Intro pages 35-46)

Achebe's "An Image of Africa"

Said on Conrad (see Other Resources)

24-October 6

Colonial Responses to Christianity

Achebe, Things Fall Apart

Kincaid, A Small Place (on reserve)

Monday, October 11 Thanksgiving Day: no class

The Caribbean Experience

Levy, The Long Song

Kincaid, A Small Place

Key Concepts:

mimicry, caribbean, creole, creolization, ambivalence

Braithwaite, Lamming, Walcott (handouts)

Walcott, The Caribbean; Culture or Mimicry?

Essay #1 due October 22

25 - November 5

Jewel in the Crown

Said, Orientalism

Key Concepts:  Orientalism (138), subaltern (177)

Ashcroft, Edward Said (chapt 4, pp47-64)

Film: Bend it Like Beckham (Nov 10)

Guest Speaker  Nov 3 


Tradition, Gender, and Faith

Key Concepts: gender, tradition

Not Wanted on the Voyage

Library Assignment due November 19

Thur, Nov 11 Remembrance Day: no class

Commonwealth, Postcolonial, or Transnational/Transcultural?

Key Concepts: agency, nation, transcultural, hybridity, transnationalism


Aboriginal Issues

King, The Back of the Turtle

What is a Nation?

King, Godzilla vs the Post-colonial


Essay #2 due Nov 29 

26 - Dec 6 Noah, Born a Crime


Dec 14 Final Exam: 1-3pm in N120