359:312 Colonialism, Neo-Colonial Capitalism and Decolonization

01  MW5  CAC  14212  MANGHARAM  SC-102

Colonialism, Neo-Colonial Capitalism and Decolonization
This course will provide a critical survey of some of the major issues in contemporary literary and cultural theory through the lens of postcolonial studies. We will start by asking: How did colonial education and language influence the culture and identity of the colonized, including gender dynamics and domesticities? How did the inception of capitalist systems in the colonies change ways of living and working? What were the forms of resistance against colonial and capitalist control? Are new forms of imperialism replacing colonization and how? Is true decolonization possible in an age of neo-liberal capitalism? We will use literature as our means of investigating these questions, considering how postcolonial intellectuals and writers decolonize themselves in the ages of colonialism and neo-colonialism. Texts taught will include Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between Us, Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things, Mohsin Hamid's, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Zakes Mda's Ways of Dying, and Joseph Sacco's Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt among others.