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

Fall 2004

E 379S • Postcolonial Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33225 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Course Description

In this course we will be examining the writing--both fictional and theoretical--of transnational or multiple located writers and filmmakers to examine the politics and poetics of location in the post-colonial era. The term Post-colonial addresses some of the numerous areas of the world that have been affected by colonialism, imperialism, foreign domination, and occupation. We will necessarily be investigating the meaning, value, and descriptive usefulness or inadequacy of terms like "post" colonial, for many have argued that imperialism survives in more subtle forms and practices. Many former colonized nations also continue to be troubled by the legacy of occupation and the challenges of independence (for example, divided territories, loyalties, and communities; economic and identity crises).

Grading Policy

1 short (3-5 page) critical essay on selected post-colonial film 20%
2 short (5-7 page) papers 25% each, or
1 long (10-14 page) paper 50%
Active and significant participation 30%

Attendance Policy: Three absences will drop you a full letter grade (an A will become a B, etc.); four or more absences will guarantee your failure of this class.


Sebastian Barry, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty (Ireland)
Jessica Hagedorn, Dogeaters or Dream Jungle (Philippines/U.S.)
Edwidge Danticat, Krik? Krak! (Haiti/U.S.)
Jamaica Kincaid, The Autobiography of My Mother (Antigua/U.S.)
Sara Suleri, Meatless Days (Pakistan/Great Britain/U.S.)
Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance (Canada/India)
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children (Great Britain/India)
Saira Shah, The Storyteller’s Daughter (Afghanistan)

Several Proposed Films TBA:


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