Spring 2025

Decolonial Love

Listed in: English, as ENGL-470


Alicia J. Mireles Christoff (Section 01)


Is decolonial love possible? What does it look and feel like? In this course, we will read creative writers and scholars who describe the ways that imperialism, capitalism, racism, and heteropatriarchy structure conventional ways of loving, caring, and forming social bonds, as well as conventional ways of writing literature and critique. We will follow these writers as they imagine alternative practices, asking how we might alter the aspects of ourselves and our worlds that seem as fundamental and intractable as our aesthetics, our desires, and our very pleasures. We will focus on important recent scholarship on race and coloniality by writers like Christina Sharpe, José Esteban Muñoz, Jasbir Puar, Jodi Byrd, Lisa Lowe, Katherine McKittrick, Tiffany Lethabo King, and others.

Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Mireles Christoff.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to junior and senior majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on reading, conversation, and critical-creative written work

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2023, Spring 2025