Course Description:

This course surveys literature in English by writers from the Anglo-American literary tradition. We look at literature from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in the twentieth century that are part of a twentieth-century phenomenon: an explosion of writing in the English language from Britain’s former colonies. The works we’ll look at represent mostly the new (English) novelistic and literary traditions in several different geographical areas (but especially those of Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent). Students will be asked to consider many shared themes which derive from a common (post) colonial experience: the relationship between the first, second, third (and now fourth) worlds, between art, language and politics, between race and culture, between nationalism and sexuality, between domination and resistance, and between consumerism and community.