For the 1999-2000 academic year, the course on recent developments in postcolonial theory will concentrate on
Students are expected to have some knowledge of postcolonial literature; postcolonial theory prior to the nineties (some studies are listed in the reading list below); the history of Western expansion; and critical theory, especially with reference to the various approaches, such as structuralism, deconstruction, feminism, Marxism, and to the major figures, such as Foucault, Derrida, Lacan and Marx. As postcolonial theory deals not only with the past, but with the present and future as well, students should have a keen interest in current affairs, particularly when it comes to the clash between Eastern and Western cultural perceptions in the political and other spheres. As we will be engaged in a close reading of the abovementioned books by Said, and Bhabha, students are expected to purchase them.
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Some of the following studies may be useful in your study of postcolonial theory.
Achebe, Chinua. Hopes and Impediments. New York: Doubleday, 1989.
Ahmad, Aijaz. In Theory. London: Verso, 1992.
Alatas, Syed Hussein. The Myth of the Lazy Native. London: F. Cass, 1977.
Amur, G. S. and S. K. Desai, eds. Colonial Consciousness in Commonwealth Literature. Bombay: Somania Publications, 1984.
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. Rev. and extended edition. London: Verso, 1991.
Appadurai, Arjun. 'Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy.' Public Culture 2 (Spring, 1990).
Asante, Molefi K. The Afrocentric Idea. New rev. edition. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1987.
Ashcroft, Bill, et al. The Empire Writes Back. London: Routledge, 1989.
Barker, Francis, et al., eds. Europe and its Others (Vol. 2). Colchester: University of Essex, 1985.
Bernal, Martin. Black Athena: The African Roots of Western Civilization. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1987 & 1991.
Bhabha, Homi, ed. Nation and Narration. London: Routledge, 1990.
Carchidi, V., Come Into My Web: Literary Postcolonialism in the Information Technology Age. Paper submitted for the First International Conference on Postcolonial Theory. Singapore, 1997.Cheyfitz, Eric. The Poetics of Imperialism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.
Das Gupta, Monisha. 'Dissonances'. DISSONANCE: A Journal of Things That Do Not Fit (September 30, 1996).
Diop, Cheikh Ante. Precolonial Black Africa (trans. Harold J. Salemson). Westport, Connecticut: Lawrence Hill, 1987.
Du Bois, W. E. B. The World and Africa. New York: International Publishers, 1965.
Fanon, Franz. The Wretched of the Earth (trans. Constance Farrington). Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967.
---. Black Skins, White Masks (trans. Charles Lam Markmann). London: Pluto Press, 1986.
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African American Literary Criticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.
---. Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the Racial Self. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987.
---. Black Literature and Literary Theory. New York: Methuen, 1984.
Guneratne, Anthony. The Virtual Spaces Of Postcoloniality: Rushdie, Ondaatje, Naipaul, Bakhtin and the Others. Paper submitted for the First International Conference on Postcolonial Theory. Singapore, 1997.Gupta, Anthea Fraser. The Internet & the English Language Paper submitted for the First International Conference on Postcolonial Theory. Singapore, 1997.
Hulme, Peter. Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797. London: Methuen, 1986.
James, C. L. R. Beyond a Boundary. London: Hutchinson, 1963.
---. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. London: Allison & Busby, 1980.
Loomba, Ania. Gender, Race and Renaissance Drama. Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 1989.
McClintock, Anne. 'The Angel of Progress: Pitfalls of the Term "Post-Colonialism".' Social Text 31/32 (Spring, 1992).
Miyoshi, Masao. 'A Borderless World? From Colonialism to Transnationalism and the Decline of the Nation State.' Critical Inquiry 19 (1993): 726-751.
Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Random House, 1979.
Spivak, Gayatri. The Postcolonial Critic. New York: Routledge, 1990.
---. In Other Worlds. New York: Routledge, 1987.
---. Outside in the Teaching Machine. London: Routledge, 1993.
Williams, Patrick, and Laura Chrisman. Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.
Yeghiayan, Eddie (comp). 'Reviews of Edward Said's Culture and Imperialism (1993)'. http://sun3.lib.uci.edu/indiv/scctr/Wellek/said/book15.html#xtocid11165
Young, Robert. White Mythologies. London: Routledge, 1990.
---. Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race. London: Routledge, 1995.