105年第1學期-0181 文討:當代英語文學中的地理政治:內戰與人權 課程資訊

課程分享

選課分析

本課程名額為 20人,已有17人選讀,尚餘名額3人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
Participation 20
Presentation 30
Final Paper Proposal 15
Final Paper 35

授課教師

胡培菱

教育目標

I expect the students to understand geopolitical complexities and implications familiarize themselves with key issues in postcolonial and neocolonial studies explore the complexities and contradictions in the principles of human rights close-read and interpret literary works in meaningful ways cross-reference between literary and theoretical/legal narratives to find new perspectives, and learn to put together compelling research projects

課程概述

This course discusses some current postcolonial and neocolonial issues in contemporary Anglophone literature. Students will read about post-decolonization separatist civil wars in Africa and South Asia to explore important topics of human rights (especially the “right of the peoples to self-determination”), (postcolonial) nation-state-building, (postcolonial) violence (in the eyes of Franz Fanon and Walter Benjamin) and sovereignty. We will consider the possibility of reading post-decolonization secession movements as delayed decolonization endeavors, and argue that literary works about the secession movement not only bear witness to this continued anti-colonial sentiment in the decolonization era, but also examine aspects of the situation that the political and the legal processes cannot resolve.

課程資訊

參考書目

Literary works:
Chimamanda Adichie. Half of a Yellow Sun.
Chinua Achebe. There Was a Country.
Kiran Desai. The Inheritance of Loss.
Michael Ondaatje. Anil’s Ghost.
Dave Eggers. What is the What?

Theoretical works:
Joseph Slaughter. Human Rights, Inc.
Giorgio Agamben. State of Exception. Meat without End.
Walter Benjamin. “Critique of Violence”.
Franz Fanon. The Wretched of the Earth.
Kwame Nkrumah. Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism.