ENGL 316 A: Postcolonial Literature And Culture

Postcolonial Pakistani Literatures

Meeting Time: 
TTh 8:30am - 10:20am
Location: 
SMI 407
SLN: 
14128
Instructor:
photo of Anu Taranath
Anu Taranath

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"Postcolonial Pakistani Literatures"
Autumn 2015
ENGL 316A/CHID 250C

Introduction to Postcolonial Literature, focus on Pakistan and South Asia
Instructor: Dr. Anu Taranath (anu@uw.edu) Class Time: T, TH 8:30-10:20

Once part of the global British Empire and now officially independent, countries like Kenya, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Jamaica, India and Barbados have performed and negotiated their break from colonialism in sometimes different, sometimes similar ways. Our investigation of postcolonial literatures and theory will help us better understand:

--historical colonial power and anticolonial conflict --present day cultural legacies of imperialism in the recently independent postcolony --who has power and privilege over others and why --the role of travel, diaspora and globalization.

We will read literature from Pakistan to glean insight on that country?s cultural and literary scene, and to discuss how emblematic Pakistani and South Asian literature more generally might be to larger postcolonial concerns. Additionally, we will screen films, dabble in theory, and try to piece together how our world works now and how that came to be. This class will engage with issues of gender, sexuality, race, feminism, patriarchy, globalization, religious nationalism, westernization, class, privilege, power and representation.

Interested in learning about and discussing these issues? Come join us. This is an introductory class, with no prerequisites or expectations of prior familiarity with the issues. Our one requirement: an openness and willingness to engage in productive and collegial conversations.

Catalog Description: 
Readings of major texts and writers in postcolonial literature and culture. Surveys some of the most important questions and debates in postcolonial literature, including issues of identity, globalization, language, and nationalism. Cultural focus may vary; see professor for specific details.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
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March 16, 2016 - 12:38pm