Reading Schedule

Week 1. Introducing the Terms

T Jan 15  Introductions

F Jan 18  Ania Loomba, From Colonialism and Postcolonialism

Michael Adas, “Contested Hegemony: The Great War and the Afro-Asian Assault on the Civilizing Mission”    

Week 2. Writing the Other

T Jan 22   Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (all)

F Jan 25  Chinua Achebe, “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s ‘Heart of


Patrick Brantlinger, “Genealogy of the Myth of the Dark Continent” and “Epilogue: Kurtz’s Darkness and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”

Binyavanga Wainaina, “How to Write About Africa”

Blog #1 due

Week 3. Coeval, Contrapuntal

T Jan 29   Johannes Fabian, From Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Object (1-35)

F Feb. 1   Edward Said, From Culture and Imperialism (1-80)

Blog #2 due

Week 4. The Empire in the Attic

T Feb 5   View on your own at library: Jane Eyre (1996 version)

John McLeod, “Re-reading and Re-writing English Literature” (173-195)

Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (pages 1-56)

Charlotte Bronte,  Selections from Jane Eyre (119-132 in Norton edition of Sargasso Sea)

F Feb 8   Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (pages 56-end)

Sandra Drake, “Race and Caribbean Culture” (193-206 in Norton edition of Sargasso Sea)

Francis Nyamnjoh, “Images of Nyongo amongst Bamenda Grassfielders in Whiteman Kontri”

Blog #3 due

Week 5. The Empire in the Grave

T Feb 12 Machado de Assis, The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas (1-109)

Roberto Schwarz, A Master on the Periphery of Capitalism (7-28, 40-75)

F Feb 15  The Posthumous Memoirs (110-end)

A Master on the Periphery of Capitalism (76-146)

Blog #4 due

Week 6.  Race and Decolonization

T Feb 19  Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism

Aimé Césaire, “Notebook Return to the Native Land”

F Feb 22 Frantz Fanon, From Black Skin, White Masks

Blog #5 due

Week 7.   Going Contrapuntal

T Feb 26*  Taleb Salih, Seasons of Migration to the North (1-82)

John McLeod, “The Shape of Orientalism” (49-55)

F  Mar 1*   Seasons of Migration to the North (82-end)

Blog #6 due

Week 8.   Modernity and the Superfluous

T Mar 5   Writing Workshop – First 4 pages of paper 1 due

F Mar 8  Zygmunt Bauman, From Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts (1-62)

Paper 1 Due!

Week 9.   Spring Break.

Week 10. Environmental Injustice

T Mar 19*   Rob Nixon, From Slow Violence: The Environmentalism of the Poor

F Mar 22   View in class: Sweet Crude

Selections for book review due

No blog this week

Week 11. The Resource Curse

T Mar 26*  Helon Habila, Oil on Water (Part 1, 1-145)

F Mar 29*  Oil on Water (Part 2, 145-end)

Mike Davis, “Planet of the Slums”

Blog #8 due (can blog on last week or this week’s material)

Week 12. Epic Survival

T April 2*  Patrick Chamoiseau, Texaco (1-158)

F April  5  Texaco (161-252)  Note: class will NOT meet but you are expected to do readings and blog

Blog #9 due

Week 13.  The City as Ecosystem

T April 9 **  Texaco (252-312)

F April 12  Texaco (316-end)

Mike Rubenstein, “Light Reading: Public Utility, Urban Fiction, and Human Rights”

Blog #10 due

Week. 14.  Author and Audience 

T April 16 Amazon book reviews due.

Chimamanda Adichie, “Jumping Monkey Hill”

Eileen Julien, “The Extroverted African Novel”


F April 19    No Class.  I will meet with each student individually to discuss drafts.  Those who are writing long papers will bring me the first 6 pages of their drafts. Those who are writing short papers will bring me the first 3 pages.  This is not optional. Drafts are worth 10 points and those under the page limit will be docked points.

Week 15.   Unshining and Exotic

T April 23

View on your own at library:  Slumdog Millionaire

Ana Cristina Mendes, “Showcasing India Unshining: Film Tourism in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire”

Graham Huggan, From The Postcolonial Exotic (1-35)

F April 26  Conclusion

Final Papers due May 3rd