- Course Number: ENGL 236
- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 236
- Quarter: Winter 2023
This course maps the relationship between postcolonial studies and the decolonial turn in order to built a methodological foundation for research in a range of disciplines. We will begin in the middle where these two fields meet and work our way out into their distinct archives and those of our own projects. Our readings will be organized across three genres, likely including (i) recent special issues of journals such as Postcolonial Studies and Feminist Studies; (ii) edited anthologies such as Colonial Racial Capitalism and Coloniality at Large; and (ii) scholarly monographs by Jodi Byrd, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Tiffany Lethabo King, Lisa Lowe, Juliana Hu Pegues, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. We will prioritize articulations (rather than foundations), focusing on work that inhabits, investigates, or enacts the synergy of postcolonial studies and decolonial thought as a way of reorienting ourselves to the canonical works in these fields. Early on, we will develop a shared set of interdisciplinary questions to guide our readings toward an informed, combinative methodology: questions about the conceptual and geographical formations of these fields; their activist and intellectual histories; and the figures, institutions, and imaginaries that these fields inhabit and where they (do or do not) meet. You will work in small groups to post a shared response to these questions as the basis for your weekly readings and our joint discussion. Thinking with the dictionary definition of method, you will be asked to describe the “form of procedure for accomplishing or approaching something”—in our case a final paper (built from weekly writing assignments) that supports preparation for a qualifying exam, conference presentation, article submission, or dissertation chapter.