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Introduction to Postcolonial Studies
GSAS 233
Spring 2025
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 234, AFAM 236

The 1978 publication of Edward Said's Orientalism signaled the presence of postcolonial studies, a field of intellectual inquiry that proved influential in the humanities and social sciences. How, from our vantage point in the latter end of the 20th century, do we understand both the age of imperialism/colonialism, and what happens afterwards? What are the conditions of decolonization and national independences? How do the cultures of the formerly colonized countries use and modify imperial vestiges, and invent themselves anew? Central to our course will be the work of three major theorists in the field of postcolonial studies: Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, and Homi Bhabha. Among other important ideas, we will discuss Orientalism, subalternity, and mimicry.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GSAS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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