Rhetorical Theory – Postcoloniality and Its Critical Tools
240G - 003 | CCN: 78111
Instructor: Trinh Minh-ha
Date / Time: M 2-5P, 7415 DWINELLE
The course explores postcoloniality in its potential breadth as a praxis (not necessarily bound to the confines of postcolonialism as an occupied terrain). In investigating the cultural legacy of Western imperial domination and colonial expansion, the question is not only to unravel the great narrative of isolation, exclusion and exploitation, but to offer ways to rethink given traditions while working through and recreating the critical theories at hand. The focus will be on devising tools workable across struggles, in a wide range of contexts. These tools, whose function is to give form, to de-form, and to trans-form, do not merely serve to challenge binaries such as First and Third, the West and the Rest, modernism and tradition, center and margin. They also contribute to a new collaborative cultural dimension in which the art and politics of thriving in between worlds constitute a marker of the limit to the power of knowledge.
List of readings will tentatively include the writings of Eqbal Ahmad, Jean Baudrillard, Homi Bhabha, Aime Cesaire, Mahmoud Darwish, Assia Djebar, Frantz Fanon, Stuart Hall, Elias Khoury, Clarice Lispector, Ezekiel Mphalele, Edward Said, Gayatri Chakravorty Sprivak (all subject to change).