Academic Catalog

ELIT512 POSTCOLONIAL THEORY AND LITERATURE

Course Code: 8210512
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Department: English Literature
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
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Offered Semester: Fall and Spring Semesters.

Course Content

This course aims to serve as an intensive study of major authors in postcolonial theory and literature. Through lecture, discussion, research, and writing, students will practice applying postcolonial theory to works of literature. The course aims to establish some of the important concepts in the study of postcolonial iterature, discuss colonialism, call attention to major research tools, and exemplify the interplay between the colonialist and the colonized. The course will focus on the conceptual work that postcolonial thinking allows in relation to historical periodizing logic, on the relation of postcolonial to comparable designations such as third world, transnational, global and neoliberal. We will ponder the usefulness of notions of mimicry, hybridity, orientalism, resistance, and migrancy in understanding postcolonial subjectivity. the intersections of these categories with the broder conceptual categories of race, class, gender, sexuality, and notion will be a critical area of inquiry.