Offered in Conjunction with the English Department, Government Emerson College, Multan.
Principal Dr. Mohammad Saleem
This a course offered in real-time using Skype. I will be working with Dr. Zia Ahmed in developing and teaching this course. This course aims to introduce you to various aspects of postcolonial theory and its application to literary texts. The course would involve reading certain introductory materials about postcolonial theory and culminate in a critical reading of one or two important postcolonial novels. We will meet once every two weeks, on Skype, for for ONE hour. I will provide the online instruction and Dr. Zia will provide the ground support in Pakistan and will also administer all required tests and exams.
Skype Meeting time: Every Other Friday, 9:00 am to 10:00 am PST.
Postcolonial Theory Reader (Digital Handout)
Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart (Novel)
Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things (Novel)
Arun Joshi: The Only American from Our Village (Play)
Langston Hughes: Any two representative poems
Daud Kamal: “An Ode to Death” (Poem)
Tariq Rehman: “Moustaches” (Short Story)
Introduction to Postcolonialism: Video
Edward said on Orientalism: Video
Distribution of Points
Class Participation 100 Points
Mid Term 300 Points
Final Exam 300 Points
Total: 700 Points
F Less than 600 Points
Important Note: If at any stage in this course you feel like I could tweak my teaching practices to make it a better learning experience for you, please come and talk to me. If you are not comfortable talking in person, you can leave me a typed anonymous note with your suggestions in my mailbox in the English main office.
(Note: This is a tentative schedule and the instructor retains the right to change it as and when necessary. This document will be continually augmented by in-class announcements or through emails and you are required to be aware of all such announcements)
Introduction to the course
Read Robert Young Essay from the Reader
Week 14 & 15
Revision and Prep for final exam.