Postcolonial Tales of Transition

0710E [CRN: 15172]

This course focuses on postcolonial British, Anglo-Caribbean, and South African works that exemplify or refashion the category of the bildungsroman, the novel of education. Issues to be considered include the ways the texts rework archetypal tropes of initiation, development, and the interplay of contradictory passions. We will also think about ways in which issues of race, gender, and sexuality emerge in the texts, and the connections or disjunctions between literature and the world of actions, reality and individual perception. Writers include Coetzee, Ghosh, Ishiguro, Joyce, Lamming, Marechera, Naipaul, Rhys, Schreiner.
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