english265_Behdad_Spring 2011

english265_Behdad_Spring 2011 - English 265 Postcolonial...

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English 265 Postcolonial Theory Professor Ali Behdad 3321 Rolfe Hall 825-3614 Office Hours: Tue. 2-4 Postcolonialism is not a unified field of theoretical inquriry. This seminar, therefore, does not offer a continuous reflection on the topic, but takes instead an episodic approach that avoids both a linear narrative of the field and the survey tendency with its false claim to an "overview." The course is conceived as a series of loosely- connected excursions into a vast field of inquiry, asking more questions than it answers. What does the term "post colonialism" mean? Is it a historical notion or an ideological term? "When exactly does the 'postcolonial' begin?" What are the theoretical and political implications of using such an umbrella term to designate the ensemble of writings by those subjects whose identities and histories have been shaped by the colonial encounter? How are the various postcolonial discourses related to the material and economic conditions of globalization? What can we make of the recent surge of interest in and the
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