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Postcolonial Theory and Visual Culture

Semester and Year FA 2018
Course Number IDSEM-UG1933
Section 001
Instructor Jamie Berthe
Days MW
Time 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM, GLOBAL



Relations of looking were a constitutive part of the power dynamic that defined the colonial project and they continue to shape (and re-shape) the postcolonial landscape in very important ways. This course brings together key texts in postcolonial studies and visual culture, while putting these readings in conversation with visual artifacts, particularly French and Francophone film. Among other things, the course will address the imbrications of post/colonial histories, practices of representation, and visual economies; it will use theoretical, historical, and cinematic texts to examine concepts like identity, postcolonialism, intertextuality, and cultural memory. Students will be encouraged to think about how cinematic images can be seen to intersect with, codify, challenge, and/or interrupt political and post/colonial ideologies. Authors will include Suzanne and Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, and Stuart Hall, to name a few. Filmmakers will include Ousmane Sembène, Jean Rouch, Isaac Julien, Amanda Strong, and Josza Anjembe, among others. Students will be assigned weekly readings, response papers, presentations, and a final research paper/project. It is further expected that students will watch films (every week) outside of class.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)