Introduction to Postcolonial Theory

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Introduction to Postcolonial Theory

Aijaz Ahmad In Theory (especially Chapter Three on Jameson)

Louis Althusser Lenin and Philosophy "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses"

Benedict Anderson Imagined Communities

Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities Part II "The Construction of Peoplehood" (Wallerstein); "The Nation Form" (Balibar)

Homi Bhabha The Location of Culture

Aime Cesaire Discourse on Colonialism

Derrida Margins of Philosophy "The Ends of Man"; "White Mythology"

Eagleton "Nationalism: Irony and Commitment" in Deane ed. Nationalism, Colonialism, Literature. Also, Deane's introduction to the volume.

Foucault Discipline and Punish; Language, Counter-Memory. and Practice What is an Author?; Nietzsche, Genealogy, History; History of Systems of Thought; Intellectuals and Power; Revolutionary Action

Fanon Black Skin, White Masks

Habermas The Philosophical Discourse on Modernity Chapter I; IV; XI

Harlow Resistance Literature

Jameson "Third World Literature in the Era of Multinational Late Capitalism" in Social Text Fall 1986

Said Culture and Imperialism

---The World, The Text, and The Critic

Spivak "Can the Subaltern Speak?" rept in Chrisman and Williams;

"More on Power/Knowledge" in Outside in the Teaching Machine

Stallybrass and White The Politics and Poetics of Transgression

Essays from Anthologies Williams and Chrisman Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory Senghor; Cabral; Spivak; Mishra and Hodge; McClintock;

Appadurai Parker et. al Nationalisms and Sexualities Ann Rosalind Jones and Stallybrass;

Stephen Tifft Jan Mohammed and David Lloyd ed. The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse Intro by the editors; Caren Kaplan; Lloyd; Wynter

Hobsbawm and Ranger ed. The Invention of Tradition Intro by Hobsbawm; Cannadine

Journals you should familiarize yourself with:

Callaloo; Cultural Critique; New Left Review; Oxford Literary Review; Public Culture; Race and Class; Social Text; Transition; Third Text (check especially the special issues of Social Text and Callaloo on Postcolonial theory.)

Order of Readings: I. Critique of Social Control: Althusser; Foucault; Cesaire; Fanon; Stallybrass and White II. Theories of Modernity: Anderson; Balibar and Wallerstein; Derrida; Habermas; Appadurai; Hobsbawm; Cannadine III. The Discourse of Postcolonialism: Bhabha; Spivak; Said; Mishra and Hodge; McClintock; Ahmad; Jameson; Kaplan; Lloyd; Wynter. IV. About Irish Identity: Eagleton; Jones and Stallybrass Tifft