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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2008

E 314V • Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34390 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Course Description

Computer assisted instruction.

This course will introduce students to major texts in postcolonial theory and literature. We will focus on three important sites of postcolonial literary production in the post-1945 period: the Middle East, the Caribbean, and South Asia. Each unit will ask students to read theoretical and literary texts closely and write about them carefully, comparing and contrasting literature and theory as ways of expressing a postcolonial experience. In addition, students will have an opportunity to think about the diversity of experiences, cultures and literatures grouped under the umbrella term "postcolonial" in the West.

Grading Policy

Three short papers (two revisions each): 40 %
Ten short homework writing assignments: 15%
Final oral presentation: 30%
Participation: 15 %


Edward Said, Orientalism
Edward Said, Covering Islam
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Fatima Mernassi, Scheherazade Goes West
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place
Azadeh Moaveni, Lipstick Jihad
Leila Ahmed, A Border Passage


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