CPLT 202

Impossible Writing in Postcolonial Literature

April 29: Peer Review

Today is our last day of class. It’s been great having you all in class this semester!

Please print and bring two copies of your rough draft today for peer review.

I will have regular office hours today after class, and I will have an additional office hour tomorrow (Tuesday, April 30) from 10:30-11:30 am.

Here is the criteria that I’ll be using to grade your Research-Based Argument:

April 26: Writing Workshop, day 3

Make sure to bring your writing in progress today!

Reminder: Your Rough Draft for the Research-Based argument is due on Monday, when we’ll be doing peer review.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of indentured servitude in the Caribbean (a topic which Condé’s novel touched upon but we didn’t have a chance to address in depth), consider checking out this talk on campus today.

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April 24: Writing Workshop, Day 2

Today, we’ll be continuing to discuss our own writing, so make sure to bring your draft of your writing (it doesn’t matter what stage of the writing process you’re in).

Below, is a sample student essay that we will be discussing in class. Please note that this sample differs slightly from our course assignment, in that it only refers to one external source and is therefore less research-based than the current assignment for the course. Furthermore, it does not include a multi-modal element.

Comparative Literature Announcements:

Professor Bhaumik will be holding open office hours this week for any student interested in knowing more about Comparative Literature at Emory:

Where: Callaway N211
When: Monday, Noon – 3 pm, Tuesday, 2-4 pm, and Wednesday, Noon – 3 pm

If you need a break from studying, consider attending this CPLT Study Break with Trivia and Pizza!

April 22: Writing Workshop Week, Day 1

For today, there will be no new reading. Just make sure to bring the writing you’re working on for your Research-Based Argument. It doesn’t matter how far along in the writing process you are, but bring any materials you would want and need to work on your draft.

Concepts we wrote on the board during today’s class:

Mimicry – Race – Paranoia – Opacity – Legality – Mourning
Faith – Colonialism – Postcolonialism – Love – Identity – Politics/Political
Poverty – Humanity – Slavery – Transparency – Family – Father

April 19: Hommi Bhabha

Today, we’ll be reading Hommi Bhabha’s essay “Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse”, which was originally printed in The MIT Press and was later reprinted in Bhabha’s book The Location of Culture. A well-known postcolonial scholar, Bhabha’s work is also informed by psychoanalysis, history, and other humanities disciplines, making his writing loaded with external references. This can make reading Bhabha exceptionally difficult, so remember to use Google and the library resources to your advantage!

The essay can be found online through our Course Reserves.

April 17: Suzanne Crosta

For today’s class, we’ll be reading an article about Condé’s novel by Suzanne Crosta, entitled “Narrative and Discursive Strategies in Maryse Condé’s Traversée de la mangrove“. Don’t worry: all the French quotations in this text are translated!

Reminder: Your Abstract and Annotated Bibliography are due, printed, at the time class begins.

April 8, 10, and 12: Conferences

This week, instead of coming to class, you’ll be meeting with me for one, 20-minute conference at Peet’s in Woodruff Library. At your conference, I’ll return your rough draft of your Abstract and Annotated bibliography with my feedback, and you can ask me any additional questions you might have about this assignment, along with the Research-Based Argument. Please note that if you miss your conference, you will be counted as absent for the entire week.

Along with attending your conference, you can work on your Abstract and Annotated Bibliography and your final assignment, the Research-Based Argument. By the time we return to regular class sessions (Monday, April 15), you should be finished reading Crossing the Mangrove.

Here is the schedule for conferences:

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April 3: Crossing the Mangrove

For today, we’ll be reading Maryse Condé, Crossing the Mangrove, p. 129-161.

Today, we’ll be signing up for conferences for next week. Make sure to write down the time you signed up for. All you have to do next week (April 8-12) is show up to conferences, continue writing your Abstract and Annotated Bibliography (and possibly begin on your Research-Based Argument), and finish reading Crossing the Mangrove.

Don’t forget to bring your rough draft of your Abstract and Annotated Bibliography on Friday, printed!

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