With the rise of recent populist nationalisms all over the world, the varied pronationalist models of global and local political and cultural identities seem to be in an urgent state of crisis. This crisis of the larger world systems, in fact, has always been an underlying feature of the world order, one could argue that neoliberal globalization caused the rise of nationalist politics, but has only now gained some obvious traction in the popular imaginary. This course hopes to offer a complex understanding of neoliberal globalization and cosmopolitanism within the focused frame of nationalism.
We will read some insightful theoretical texts about globalization, cosmopolitanism and nationalism and then use the insights provided by these texts to read a few novels from various parts of the world. It is my hope that after this course the students will be able to better understand the terms included in the tile of this course and will be able to incorporate the theoretical knowledge gained in class to their future studies of the novel.
Huthinson and Smith. Nationalism. Oxford UP, 1994.
Zygmunt Bauman. Globalization. Columbia Up, 1998. [GLO]
Robbins and Cheah. Cosmopolitcs. Minnesota, 1998. [COS]
Ngugi Theong ‘O. Devil on the Cross. Heinemann, 1982. [DOC]
Buchi Emecheta. Joys of Motherhood. George Braziller, 1979.
Earl Lovelace. The Dragon Can’t Dance. Longman, 1979.
Rohinton Mistry. A Fine Balance. Vintage, 2001.
- Fanon. “On National Culture.”
- Ngugi. “Standing our Ground.”
- Jameson. “Third-World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism.”
- Aijaz Ahmad. “Jameson’s Rhetoric of Otherness and the “National Allegory.”
- Puri. “Beyond Resistance: Notes Toward a New Caribbean Cultural studies.”
- Raja. “We is All People: The Marginalized East-Indian and the Economy of Difference in Lovelace’s The Dragon Can’t Dance.”
You are expected to come prepared for class: This involves reading the assigned texts, listening carefully to your peers, and contributing your views in a collegiate and stimulating way.Attendance is mandatory.
Distribution of Points:
Discussion Leader 200 Points
Respondent 200 Points
Class Participation 100 Points
Mid Term exam 200 Points
Total 1000 Points
YOU MUST FINISH ALL MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS TO PASS THE COURSE
Each one of you will be asked to lead discussions on assigned readings on rotation basis. The rotation will be decided in an alphabetic order.Your role as discussion leader will involve the following:
- An oral presentation covering the assigned text in detail. (100 Points).
- A written response (minimum two double-spaced pages) submitted on the same day. (100 Points).
The final term paper will be due on the last day of class. The paper should be 15-20 pages, with a clearly defined thesis and a coherent argument using one or two of the theoretical apporaches discussed in class. I would encourage you to choose your topic early and do extensive research. I will be available to assist during all stages of your research and composition process.
Avoid at all costs!!!
You are expected to attend the class regularly. You will be in the danger of failing the course if you miss more than TWO class sessions.
Please contact me and bring me the necessary documentation if you would like me to make extra arrangements of for any disabilities.
F Less than 600 Points
Discussion Leader and Respondents on Assigned Readings.