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Postcolonial Bildungsroman
ENGL 212
Fall 2014 not offered

In the storyworld of the bildungsroman, protagonists often transition from youth to maturity, gaining an education about the world that allows them to assimilate and contribute to it. But critics have noted that in the postcolonial bildungsroman, a unique set of obstacles can stand in the way of the bildungs-hero's coming of age, including impassable borders, exilic longings, and even the strictures of narrative form. This seminar will examine a range of transnational sites to explore how the postcolonial bildungsroman relates the promise of independence and freedom tempered by realities of postcolonial violence and dependence in a global economy. We will focus on how particular kinds of space--such as the home, the prison, and the university--shape postcolonial subjects' relationship to the world and give us insight into the ambiguities and instabilities of the bildungsroman form itself.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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