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
January 3 Introduction/Syllabus
5-8

Introduction to Postcolonialism

What is Postcolonial?

Empire Online

Visit the websites and look around

8

What do the with the "n--word" and Heart of Darkness.

Read or watch as much as you wish

straight-talk-about-the-nword

Huckleberry Finn and the NWord

the_n_word_in_the_classroom

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the N Word

8-19

The Canon and Its Legacy

Conrad, Heart of Darkness

The Empire Writes Back (Chapt 1)

Postcolonial Theory

Key Concepts

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

IS: Jan 19

22

Achebe's "An Image of Africa"

Said on Conrad (see Other Resources)

22-Feb 2

Colonial Responses to Christianity

Achebe, Things Fall Apart

Kincaid, A Small Place (on reserve)

5-16

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

19-23 Reading Week 
26 - March 8

Jewel in the Crown

Said, Orientalism

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

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

Man Eater of Malgudi

Guest Speaker  

11-3

AI and Colonialism

Library Assignment due

March 15 Break: no class
18-29

Commonwealth, Postcolonial, or Transnational/Transcultural?

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

Topics:

Aboriginal Issues

Wagamese, Indian Horse

What is a Nation?

King, Godzilla vs the Post-colonial

Terminology

29-April 10

Noah, Born a Crime

Essay #2 due

12-15

Review

TBA Final Exam