English | Special Topics in Literary Study and Theory
L680 | 15643 | Crawford/Cruz

L680 15643  CRAWFORD/CRUZ (#)
Special Topics in Literary Study and Theory

11:15a – 12:30p TR


This course is an introduction to key debates and theories of
Comparative Ethnic Studies and Post-Colonial Studies. Both
Comparative Ethnic and Post-Colonial Studies draw on theories that
treat representation in relation to race, ideology, gender, class,
culture, nation, citizenship, and diaspora. Comparative Ethnic
Studies’ focus on the very processes by which particular groups are
racialized foregrounds both differences and relationships between
intra-national groups. Rather than positing ethnicity as an object
to be studied, current work in this field examines shifting shapes
of the categories "race,” “ethnicity,” and “culture" along with
particular productions of ethnic differences. Post-Colonial Studies
has also been concerned with canon formation and the exclusion, from
the study of literature, of cultures and people who have
experienced, or are still enduring, some form of colonialism. Yet
post-colonial and ethnic studies scholars have not limited
themselves to the analysis of literary texts alone; rather, they
have studied colonial and domestic laws, educational policies,
administrative records, nationalist pamphlets and speeches, music,
print and mass media, among other kinds of documents and cultural
artifacts. This course brings these concerns into conversation with
one another.

The course may be divided into the following units: “Race and
Ethnicity,” “Ethnic Dialogues,” “Imperialism and
Orientalism,” “Feminism and Post-Colonialism,” “Situated
Studies,” “Bodies and Globalization,” “Queer Diasporas,”
and “Transnational and Hemispheric Turns.”

Our reading may include:
Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities
Homi Bhabha, Nation and Narration
Kandice Chuh: Imagine Otherwise
Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlanic
Inderpal Grewal, Transnational America
Gayatri Gopinath, Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South
Asian Public Cultures
Achille Mbembe, On the Post-Colony
Walter Benn Michaels, Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism
Vijay Prashad, The Karma of Brown Folk
Johnnella Butler, Color-Line to Borderlands: The Matrix of American
Ethnic Studies
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Matthew Jacobson, Whiteness of a Different Color: European
Immigrants and the
Alchemy of Race
Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers
	Take on the Global Factory
Richard Rodriguez, Brown: The Last Discovery of America
Edward Said, Orientalism
Gayatri Spivak, The Post-Colonial Critic
Ann Laura Stoler, ed., Haunted By Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in
North American History

The writing assignments may include a faculty interview, an
annotated bibliography,
and a conference-length paper.