Postcolonial Fiction and Film
In a broad sense, postcolonialism deals with the (after)effects of European colonization on cultures and societies. In this course, we will consider the historical, political, moral, and cultural context of European colonialism and its immense impact on fiction and film from around the world. Although not ‘postcolonial,’ we will begin by reading Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, a fictional narrative written in the heydays of colonialism, as a means to understand the profound and inescapable effects of colonization. We will then read fiction from Africa and South Asia in order to explore how such historical and political fissures as the Partition of India in 1947, the policy of Apartheid in South Africa, the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, and the birth of postcolonial nations such as Botswana and Pakistan, among others, have played a significant role in shaping the ethics and values of fictional narratives which have emerged from these diverse locations. In addition, we will also watch films from and about Africa and South Asia as a means to further facilitate our discussions about postcolonialism.
Note: Graduate Liberal Studies students, only. Attendance at first class session is strongly advised.