Week 6: Postcolonial Studies

First, apologies for the lateness of this post. I was sick as a dog the last two days and just couldn’t get anything quite finished. I hope you’ve been reading! Now, let’s start doing something to help you process those readings.

Readings

Required: Bhaba “Of Mimicry and Man…”; Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?”; Said Orientalism (Intro + Ch. 1); Fanon, Wretched of the Earth (I’m leaving which bits you read up to you. And, just for fun, here’s an audio book of it, available via YouTube); Abu-Lughod “Do Muslim Women Need Saving?” (ebook).

Options (Pick 1):Selections from: Mohanty, Feminism without Borders (team drive); Cesaire “Discourse on Colonialism” (hard copy in library). For these, you choose which bits you’d like to read.

Discussion

I’ve just opened up the discussion boards. I’ve left them kind of open this week. I know online discussion is hard at the best of times, and it seems it’s REALLY hard when there’s such a small class, but please try to persevere. I think we’ve had some real moments of connection in there, so it’s worth continuing to try. I am, however, really open to other ideas about how to proceed with discussion for the rest of the term. LMK if you have any? (Thank!)

Resources to Explore

Here are just a few things I thought might of of interest, regarding the readings this week. Please feel free, always, to share with us the resources that you’ve found while working through our readings/on your projects.

For Week 7: request for assistance!

I need some help choosing/skinnying down readings for week 7. Our choices are up on the schedule, and in the team drive. By this weekend, please have a look, and let me know, in the comments below or by placing comments on the schedule itself, your thoughts.

Feedback?

I’ll be working the rest of this week to provide more formal feedback on the mini-papers you’ve done thus far, and on your syllabus project drafts. Remember, there’s another opportunity for a mini-paper to be turned in at the end of week 7 (July 21) and the final chance is at the end of week 9 (August 4th). Some of you will need to hit both dates to get your 3 done for the term. Really think about how you can use the mini-paper to help you explore/generate something else you need to (readings, something to help with your syllabus project or final project, etc.).

2 thoughts on “Week 6: Postcolonial Studies

  1. I think reading the intros and picking a preferred chapter from each reading would be nice—that way we can maybe cross-reference one another?

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  2. Of the readings, Thiong’o is least relevant to my project, but I don’t recall what others are working on.

    Generally, I’d vote for reading introductions/prefaces then each of us picking a chapter (at least) of what interests us.

    Also, I’m not seeing the poetry anywhere on the “pick one” options?

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