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.
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).
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.
- Postcolonial Studies (journal)
- “Mimicry and Hybridity in Plain English” (Singh)
- “What the Theory?” videos: Intro to Colonialism and Imperialism; An Intro to Postcolonial Theory
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.
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.).