Syllabus for Transnational and Postcolonial Literature

Books To Teach

  • Monica Ali, Brick Lane
  • Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands
  • Giannina Braschi, United States of Banana
  • J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
  • Assia Djebar, Fantasia
  • Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy
  • Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark
  • Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World
  • Salman  Rushdie: Midnights Children
  • Kamila Shamsie, Burnt Shadow
  • Naipaul: A Bend in the River
  • Ben Okri: The Famished Road
  • Derek Walcott, Omeros

Scholarly Reading: Postcolonial and Transnational Literatures

Bartky, S. Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression, Routledge.

Bordo, S. Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, University of California Press.

Burton, Antoinette. The White Womans Burden: British Feminists and the Indian Woman, 1865-1914, in Nupur Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel, eds. Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance, Indiana University Press.

Butler, Judith. Bodies That Matter: On The Discursive Limits of Sex, Routledge.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Routledge.

Butler, Judith and Scott, J. (eds), Feminists theorize the political, Routledge.

Carrigan, A. Dark Tourism and Postcolonial Studies: Critical Intersections, Postcolonial Studies, 2015 Taylor & Francis.

Chaudhuri, Nupur and Strobel, Margaret (eds.), Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance, Indiana University Press

Cruz-Malave, Arnaldo. Under the Skirt of Liberty: Giannina Braschi Rewrites Empire, American Quarterly, Volume 66, Number 3, 2014.

Davies, Carole Boyce. Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject, Routledge.

Ehrenreich, B. Maid to Order, eds. Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy, Henry Holt.

Grewal, Inderpal. Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices, University of Minnesota Press.

Grewal, Inderpal. The Culture of Travel and the Gendering of Colonial Modernity in Nineteenth-Century India, Home and Harem, Duke University Press.

Gonzalez, Christopher Thomas.  Hospitable Imaginations: Contemporary Latino/a Literature and the Pursuit of a Readership, Ohio State University.

Gonzalez, Madelena. United States of Banana (2011), Elizabeth Costello (2003) and Fury (2001): Portrait of the Writer as the Bad Subject of Globalisation, Études Britanniques Contemporaines.

Halberstam, J. In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives, New York University Press.

Haydes Rivera, Carmen. Embracing Alternate Discourses on Migration: Giannina Braschis and Luisita López Torregrosas Multi-dimensional Literary Schemes, Revista Umbral: Memorias, relatos y testimonies de la diáspora caribeña.

Hill Collins, P. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, Routledge.

Jayawardena, Kumari. Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World. Embodied Violence: Communalising Female Sexuality in South Asia, Zed Books.

Kallaway, P – Journal of Southern African Studies, Journal of Southern African Studies Volume 41, Issue 2.

Laplace-Claverie, Helene and Gonzalez, Madelena. Minority Theatre on the Global Stage: Challenging Paradigms from the Margins, Cambridge Scholars.

Lewis, Reina and Mills, Sarah. Feminist Postcolonial Theory: A Reader, Routledge.

Lohrey, David T. Writing Tangier in the Postcolonial Transition: Space and Power in Expatriate and North African Literature, Transnational Literature , Vol. 5, No. 1.

McRobbie, Angela. The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change. London: Sage.

Haggis, Jane. White Women and Colonialism. Gender and Imperialism, Clare Midgley, ed, Manchester University Press.

Mendoza, Ronald. Assuming A Body: Alterity, Opacity, and Abjection in Glissants The Open Boat and Braschi Close-Up. Special issue of Body/Institution/Memory. Ed. Gabrielle Hezekiah. CaribbeanInTransit.

Messer-Davidow, Ellen. Disciplining Feminism: From Social Activism to Academic Discourse. Durham: Duke University Press.

Mohanty, C. T. Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses, Feminist Review 30: 61–88.

Mohanty, C. T. Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Murdoch, H. Adlai. Postcolonial Francophone Autobiographies: From Africa to the Antilles, Edgard Sankara, Comparative Literature Studies, Volume 52.

Nasta, Susheila (ed). Motherlands: Black Womens Writing from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia, Womens Press.

Ray, Sangeeta. Engendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives Duke University Press.

Sherene Razack, Malinda Smith and Sunera Thobani, States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century.

Kumkum Sangari and Sudesh Vaid (eds.), Recasting Women: Essays in Colonial History, Delhi: Kali for Women.


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