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English 825                      PostColonial Literature and Theory                 Hall Spr 04
Contact:  Office:  Eh 05  Office Phone:  532-0389    Office Hours:  W 2:30-3:30 and Th 2:30-3:30 and by appointment.  I am in my office and/or on campus many hours each week.  Do take advantage of the opportunities to meet with me by appointment.  You can schedule an appointment with me before or after class or by calling the phone number listed; a voicemail system will allow me to retrieve messages that you leave.  Be sure to include your name and a way to get back in contact with you just in case I have conflicts with the time at which you wish an appointment.  Perhaps the easiest and most reliable method of contact (since I can check my e-mail from home) is to e-mail me a message at; I check my e-mail much more often than I can check the phone messages.
Class Listserv:  I will also be using a listserv for the class.  The listserv is generated automatically from the list the registrar has of students actually enrolled in the class; if you are a late enrollee, you need to give me your email address today so that I can add you myself by hand.  The listserv allows me to send the entire class the same email.  I use it for several purposes; do check your email regularly to see if some new or additional information has been sent to you.  Many times I provide you web resources which allow you to read more about a particular work we are reading or which provides additional background information.
Class Electronic Bulletin Board:  We will also be using an EBB for this class.  Because the EBB will be password protected, only those in the seminar can access this particular EBB.  Also, the password protection allows us to post copyrighted materials there for our classroom use.  Responses to prompts will be posted to the EBB (more explanation of this below).
Class Goals and Expectations
            • Reading:  Quite simply, you must keep up with the reading for the course.  Some weeks will require more preparation than others, but you should have read whichever text and support materials are assigned for each class period.
            • Attendance/Participation:  I would like this class to be a true seminar in which all the participants are actively engaged in reading, discussing, and helping one another understand the concepts and texts upon which we are going to focus.  Because this is a small class, you need to be here every class period.  Attendance and class participation are required. 
            • Seminar Paper:  One goal for each individual student is to prepare a short paper, in MLA style and format, suitable for submission to an academic journal or presentation at an academic conference.  I’m thinking here that the audience for your course final projects would be folks who, for example, attend the annual PostColonial and Commonwealth Literature Conference held annually in Savannah, Georgia.  I’ve delivered several papers at that conference, know the organizers (one of whom attended with me an NEH Institute in London in PostColonial Theory and Literature), and believe, if you write an excellent paper for this class, you could get it accepted for delivery at this venue.  Perhaps several of us could even go together and propose a panel for next year’s conference.
            • Responses to EBB prompts:  At the end of each seminar meeting, you will draw by lot a question or subject to discuss as part of preparing for the next seminar meeting.  By Monday morning (10:00 a.m.) of the following week, you must post to the class EBB.  Your post should directly and succinctly address the subject or question you drew at the end of the prior seminar meeting.  Posts will be limited to 600 words (or thereabouts).  Before attending class on Tuesday, download and read the EBB posts for that week.
            • Teaching one of the texts:  Again by lot, you will be assigned to a team with two of your colleagues.  Each team is responsible for teaching one of the final four texts of the course.  All team members are to contribute equally in the preparation and delivery (class management) of the teaching.  I will expct to meet with each team during their preparation processes.
Weights of Assignments:  List of Assignments and Percentages of Course Grade are
                        EBB Prompt Responses--30%,
                        Class Participation and Teaching--30%
Seminar Schedule
1/27    Hello, Introductions, Syllabus, Texts, Requirements, General Discussion of                                            PostColonial as idea, rubric, history, and discipline.
2/3      Discursive reading in Postcolonial Theory, Critical Vocabulary, Key Concepts
            Orientalism and so on.
2/10    Kim by Rudyard Kipling with special attention to Intro by Edward Said
2/17    Cracking India by Bapsi Sidwha
2/24    Viewing and discussion of Earth by Deepa Mehta (adaptation of Sidwha’s novel)
3/2      Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (sometime between 1st and 10th, individual                                meetings with students re paper interests/topics)
3/9      Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
3/16    No seminar--Dean in Prague for Faculty Exchange
3/23    No seminar--Spring Break
3/30    Viewing and Discussion of DVD of Heat and Dust
4/6      Selected Stories from Love in a Blue Time by Hanif Kureishi (sometime during end of                             this week,  first drafts of seminar paper due)
4/13    Viewing and Discussion of DVD of My Son, the Fanatic (adapted from Kureishi story)
4/20    Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee [note:  first student-taught session]
4/27    Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakarumi
5/4      The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
5/11    Riot:  A Love Story by  Shashi Tharoor
Finals Week:  Seminar meets at Dean’s house for Indian food.  Seminar papers due in Dean’s                   mailbox by the time that the final for our seminar is scheduled to meet.