Postcolonial Theory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Sociology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Postcolonial Theory
Fall 2022
Taught By: Cresa Pugh
Section: A

CRN: 14343

Credits: 4

“We live in a post-colonial neo-colonized world,” argues feminist theorist Gayatri Spivak. In this course we examine the nature of postcolonial thought which emerged in the mid- to late-20th century following the fall of formal imperial rule across the Global South to ask what this literature can teach us about our contemporary moment. Recognizing the long shadow of imperial domination that continues to inform interactions between states as well as our very own interpersonal relations, we interrogate the core themes which emerged from the field of postcolonial theory over the last five decades which include: critical race, ethnicity and indigeneity studies; gender, feminism, and queer theory; human rights and the rights of man; environmentalism and the natural world; resistance, anti-imperialism and decoloniality; nationalism and nation-building; capitalism and globalization; aesthetics and materialism; and migration and diaspora. This course takes a humanistic and critical approach to theoretical study of the postcolonial world, examining the work of transnational theorists who represent the geographical and temporal breadth of the field. In addition to classic postcolonial theoretical writing, our texts will include literature, poetry, film, speeches, memoir, and other forms of narrative which speak to the complexities of empire which we inhabit.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Sociology (LSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:08am EST 1/27/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1108
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/15/2022