Spring 2020

The Postcolonial Novel: Gender, Race and Empire

Listed in: English, as ENGL-319  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-331

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Krupa Shandilya (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 331 and ENGL 319) What is the novel? How do we know when a work of literature qualifies as a novel? In this course we will study the postcolonial novel which explodes the certainties of the European novel. Written in the aftermath of empire, these novels question race, class, gender and empire in their subject matter and narrative form. We will consider fiction from South Asia, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. Novels include Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh's The Calcutta Chromosome, Caribbean writer Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and North African author Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North.

Spring semester. Professor Shandilya.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research


2019-20: Offered in Spring 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016, Fall 2018