Announcements

This is where I will post all course announcements.

Weekly Livestream Links:

We will use Canvas for our weekly meetings.

Texts and Discussion for the Current Week

Livestream Archive (Recorded lecture links)

Resources and Readings for Next Week

Online Recorded Resources

Feminism without Borders (Introduction): Video

What is Postcolonialism?: VideoAudio

Webinar on Chandra Mohanty: Video

Intro to River of Fire. Video

Intro to Abeng. Video

Intro to Efuru. Video

Intro to Wide Sargasso Sea. Video

Intro to Joys of Motherhood. Video , Audio

COVID 19 Remote Learning General Instructions:

Despite the online organization of this course, I hope to make this into a great learning experience for you. Other than the detailed syllabus below, we will follow the process explained below:

  • The classes will meet on the appointed time online. Every week, I will create a link  on the Canvas page for the course. At the appointed time, you will only need to click on the link and join the class session.
  • Before the class you will have access to my pre-recorded lectures. I will post the links to these also in the detailed section of the syllabus as well as on canvas.
  • I will also be available to meet you through Canvas. Just request a meeting through email.
  • At any time if you have any concerns about the course, please let me know.

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Introduction:

This is an intensive course aimed at introducing you to the major works of postcolonial female authors. We will spend the early few weeks of the course learning the basic concepts of postcolonial studies itself and then move on to discuss the primary texts written by female authors from various parts of the postcolonial world.

Our main concern would be to charter the particularities of postcolonial feminism and the role of neoliberal globalization in the current state of gendered space in the postcolonies. We will also spend some time in discussing and applying the peculiar aspects of postcolonial feminisms to our chosen texts.

Required Texts:

Mohanty, Chandra. Feminism Without Borders.

Cliff, Michelle. Abeng. New York: Penguin, 1984.

Hyder, Qurratulain. River of Fire. New York: New Directions, 1998.

Nwapa, Flora. Efuru. London: Heinemann, 1966.

Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood. London: Heinemann, 1994.

Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea.

Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things.

Course Policies and Requirements

Students are expected to come prepared for class: This involves reading the assigned texts, listening carefully to their peers, and contributing their views in a collegiate and stimulating way. Attendance is mandatory.

YOU MUST FINISH ALL MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS TO PASS THE COURSE.

Distribution of Points:

Weekly Journal 100 Points

Mid-Term Exam 400 Points

Term Paper 400 Points

Participation 100 Points

Total 1000 Points

Mid-Term Exam (400 Points):

The Mid-term will be a take-home exam given in the eighth week. The exam will include three essay questions. I will give you a comprehensive study guide a week before the exam.

Final Paper

At the end of the smester you will be required to submit a term paper of 15-20 page length. I will provide detailed instructions about the paper later.

Class Participation (100 Points)

As this is a discussion format class, your thoughtful participation is essential to the success of the class. I encourage collegiate, open, and thought-provoking class discussions. Remember, we are all here to learn, so let us share our ideas and knowledge to make this class into a dynamic learning experience. I encourage you to speak-up in the class, not just about the texts but also if you have any suggestions about how to improve our learning during the course.

Attendance

You are expected to attend the online class regularly. You will be in the danger of failing the course if you exceed FOUR absences.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Cheating and plagiarism constitute fraudulent misrepresentation for which no credit can be given and for which appropriate sanctions are warranted and will be applied.

“Cheat” means intentionally to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of academic work so as to accrue undeserved credit, or to cooperate with someone else in such misrepresentation. Such misrepresentations may, but need not necessarily, involve the work of others. As defined, cheating includes, but is not limited to:

Obtaining or retaining partial or whole copies of examination, tests or quizzes before these are distributed for student use;

Using notes, textbooks or other information in examinations, tests and quizzes, except as expressly permitted;

Obtaining confidential information about examinations, tests or quizzes other than that released by the instructor;

Securing, giving or exchanging information during examinations;

Presenting data or other material gathered by another person or group as one’s own;

Falsifying experimental data or information;

Having another person take one’s place for any academic performance without the specific knowledge and permission of the instructor;

Cooperating with another to do one or more of the above; and

Using a substantial portion of a piece of work previously submitted for another course or program to meet the requirements of the present course or program without notifying the instructor to whom the work is presented.

Presenting falsified information in order to postpone or avoid examinations, tests, quizzes, or other academic work.

“Plagiarize” means to take and present as one’s own a material portion of the ideas or words of another or to present as one’s own an idea or work derived from an existing source without full and proper credit to the source of the ideas, words, or works. As defined, plagiarize includes, but is not limited to:

(a) The copying of words, sentences and paragraphs directly from the work of another without proper credit;

(b) The copying of illustrations, figures, photographs, drawings, models, or other visual and nonverbal materials, including recordings, of another without proper credit; and

(c) The presentation of work prepared by another in final or draft form as one’s own without citing the source, such as the use of purchased research papers.

ADA

Please bring me the necessary documentation and I will work with you to help you if you have a learning disability.

Grading Scale:

A 920-1000

B 830-919

C 739-829

D 600-738

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.

Weekly Schedule:

(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)

Week 1

Introduction to the course

Mohanty: Intro and Chapter 1

Reading:

Mohanty: Chapter 2

Week 2

Discussion: Mohanty: Chapter 2

Reading:

Mohanty: Remaining Chapters

Week 3

Discussion:

Mohanty: All chapters

Reading:

Nwapa: Efuru

Group Presentation

Efuru Group:

Week 4

Discussion: Nwapa: Efuru

Reading:

Efuru

Week 5

Discussion: Nwapa: Efuru

Reading:

Hyder: River of Fire

Group Presentation

Hyder Group:

Week 6

Discussion: Hyder: Rivr of Fire

Reading:

Hyder: Rivr of Fire

Week 7

Discussion: Hyder: Rivr of Fire

Reading:

Cliff: Abeng

Week 8

Discussion: Cliff: Abeng

Mid Term

Reading:

Cliff: Abeng

Group Presentations

Abeng Group:

Week 9

Discussion: Cliff: Abeng

Reading:

Goodman: World, Class

Week 10

Discussion: Goodman

Reading:

Cooke: Emechita, Joys of

Group Presentation

Emechita Group:

Week 11

Discussion: Emechita, Joys of

Reading:

Emechita

Week 12

Discussion: Emechita

Reading:

Hayati

Week 13

Discussion: Hayati

Assignment:

Final Paper Workshops

Week 14 & 15