Course title

Post-AP: Post-Colonial Literature


AP English Literature & Composition or AP English Language & Composition

Course description

This class is intended; first of all; to serve as a general introduction to postcolonial literature and theory. Toward that end; we will be reading a number of the most influential theorists of postcolonialism as well as some of the novels that have been of particular importance to debates and discussions in the field. These works include; among others; Things Fall Apart by†Chinua Achebe and A Small Place by†Jamaica Kincaid.†Our focus in this course will be an examination of the school of thought: the origins of the term itself and the modes of its differentiation from studies of national liberation and of diaspora; the shift from historical and social-scientific conceptions of the postcolonial to essentially literary-critical ones; the successes and failures of the literary paradigm of postcolonial studies as they became manifest in the 1980s; and the tendency of literary scholars working in this field today to extend the postcolonial across ever broader zones of history and geography. In this course; students will reevaluate canonical English works through a postcolonial lens.†

Coursework will emphasize critical thinking; discussion; and argumentative writing. This is a reading- and writing-intensive course in which we will discuss a range of texts in a diversity of styles and disciplines. Through written assignments; students will practice rhetorical analysis learned in AP English Language and literary criticism learn in AP English Literature.

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United States

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10130 N. Oracle Road, Suite 210

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  • ENGL
  • 4 years of English

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Online / Virtual