HS Mapping the Postcolonial



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Di 16:15-17:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das HS Culture kann wie folgt verwendet werden:

  • BA English and American Studies (neu): "Hauptmodul A Culture" mit begleitender Independent Study Group (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

  • BA American Studies: "Hauptmodul A Literature/Culture" mit begleitender Independent Study Group (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

  • MA North American Studies - Culture and Literature: Mastermodul 4,7

  • MA The Americas / Las Américas: Modul 3b,4

  • MA English Studies: "Freie Ergänzungsstudien/Wild Card": Wie Aufbaumodul, mit begleitendem Kurs


In this class, students will first be familiarized with the key tenets of postcolonial theory. In particular, we will focus on the theoretical writings of, among others, Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Stuart Hall and Gayatri Spivak, examining the key concepts of hybridity, mimicry, ambivalence, alterity, "otherness", diaspora, Orientalism and the subaltern in their critical contexts. Subsequently, we will use these theories as a conceptual framework to explore how the issues of home and belonging, migration and exile, diaspora, place/displacement, coloniality and indigenous resistance, citizenship, the body, gender, class, race and ethnicity are broached in selected works of art, film and media (advertisements, visuals, etc.). By the end of the course, students will have grasped a nuanced understanding of the material and epistemological conditions of postcoloniality, decolonial strategies of resistance and redress, as well as of how cultural and collective identities are explored, (re-)negotiated and mapped out in/through literary and cultural texts.

Empfohlene Literatur

You do not need to buy any texts for this course. A course reader will be circulated before the beginning of the semester.