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Seminar programme

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24 March

1.

Introduction: The ‘post-colonial’

Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffen, ‘General introduction’ The post-colonial studies reader, London and New York: Routledge, 1995, pp. 1-4. Stuart Hall, ‘When was “the post-colonial”? Thinking at the limit’, in The post-colonial question: Common skies, divided horizons, eds, Iain Chambers and Lidia Curti, London and New York: Routledge, 1996, pp. 242-60.

31 March

2.

Colonial discourse I: Knowledge and power

Edward Said, ‘Introduction’, Orientalism, London: Penguin, 1978, pp. 1-28. Bernard Smith, ‘Preface to the second edition’, European vision and the South Pacific, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1989 (1960), pp. vii-x.. Bernard Smith, ‘Constructing “Pacific” people’, in Imagining the Pacific: In the wake of the Cook voyages, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992, pp. 193-212. Mary Louise Pratt, ‘Science, planetary consciousness, interiors’, Imperial eyes: Travel writing and transculturation, London and New York: Routledge, 1992, pp. 15-37.

7 April

3.

Colonial discourse II: The ‘contact zone’ (NOTE: This seminar only will run from 3.30pm until 5.30pm)

Mary Louise Pratt, ‘Introduction: Criticism in the contact zone’, Imperial eyes: Travel writing and transculturation, London and New York: Routledge, 1992, pp. 1-11. Greg Dening, ‘Possessing Tahiti’, in Remembrance of Pacific pasts: An invitation to remake history, ed. Robert Borofsky, Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2000, pp. 112-32. Harriet Guest, ‘Curiously marked: Tattooing, masculinity, and nationality in eighteenth-century British perceptions of the South Pacific’, in Painting and the politics of culture: New essays in British art, 1700-1850, ed. John Barrell, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992, pp. 101-34.

Mid-term break (Seminars resume 28 April)

28 April

4.

Colonial discourse III: Colonial seductions

Gauguin, Paul, Excerpts from Noa noa, in Paul Gauguin, The writings of a savage, Daniel Guerin (ed), Eleanor Levieux (trans), New York: Paragon House, 1990, pp 74-100

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