Comparative Literature | Topics in World Criticism & Theory II
C504 | 1192 | pao
Prof. Angela Pao M 4:00-6:30 BH 336
Readings from critical and theoretical movements after 1750 from an
This semester the course will examine the processes involved in defining
and shaping cultural entities and identities in the mid- to late
twentieth-century through a variety of creative forms including
literature, performance, music, and film. These works will be examined
from the perspective of critical and theoretical approaches designed to
investigate cultural activity across a variety of geographical and
cultural boundaries. The theories and models we will discuss were
developed to take into account the effects of movements of populations and
of cultural practices and institutions across traditional national
boundaries -- movements that created diasporic, postcolonial, and internal
minority cultures, as well as intercultural forms in a variety of media.
One long (c. 20 pages) paper, book review and leading one seminar
Critical Readings will include selections from:
Houston Baker, Jr., Manthia Diawara, Ruth
Lindeborg, eds. Black British Cultural Studies;
Rustom Bharucha: Theatre and the World: Performance and the
Politics of Culture;
Helen Gilbert and Joanne Tompkins. Post-colonial Drama; Alec
Hargreaves and Mark McKinney, eds. Post-Colonial Cultures in France; May
Joseph. Nomadic Identities: the Performance of Citizenship
May Joseph and Jennifer Natalya Fink, eds. Performing Hybridity;
Dorinne Kondo. About Face: Performing Race in Fashion and Theatre; Bonnie
Marranca and Gautam Dasgupta. Interculturalism and Performance ; Patrice
Pavis. The Intercultural Performance Reader ; Robert J.C. Young.
Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race.
Primary Texts and Works:Hanif Kureishi. The Buddha of Suburbia
and/or My Beautiful Laundrette ; Peter Brook. The Mahabharata.
Other short works to be selected by seminar participants.