English 2845: Politics & Literature: Literature & Imperialism

[not offered 2004-2005]

Brian Kiteley

  • Email: bkiteley@du.edu
  • Not offered 2003-2004
  • Texts for the course: Survival at Auschwitz, Primo Levi; The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles; Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih; Memory of Fire, Volume I, Eduardo Galeano; Shame, Salman Rushdie; Distant View of the Minaret, Alifa Rifaat; In An Antique Land or The Glass Palace, Amitav Ghosh.

    This course follows an odd path through the last half of the 20th century.  We start with Auschwitz, perhaps a puzzling place to begin a discussion of postcolonial fiction and politics.  But the Germans fought both world wars to get a piece of the colonial pie, and their second effort exposed the other great colonial powers' myths of grandeur and nobility.  Any study of the idea of colonization has to take Auschwitz and the Nazi death machine into account.  The rest of the readings skip through a range of cultures and over a couple of continents.  These books trouble themselves with a few major themes traveling culture and the culture of travel, and the use and abuse of history.
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