Impossible Writing in Postcolonial Literature

Month: January 2019

January 30: Camus, Young, and Reading Response 1

For today’s class, we’ll be reading:

  • Albert Camus, The First Man, p. 54-77
  • Robert Young, Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction, “Postcolonialism”, p. 57-69

Robert Young’s entire book can be found online through the library website here. We will only be reading pages 57-69, to gather a general understanding about some of the major concerns of Postcolonial Studies. However, the other chapters could still serve as a beneficial reference for you, should you be interested in reading more. In the other chapters of this book, Young discusses many additional elements of colonialism, anti-colonialism, and postcolonialism, even focusing on Algeria at many moments.

Don’t forget that Reading Response 1 is due as a post to your blog by the time class begins.

Featured Image: Albert Camus by Bruno Gonçales

January 25: David Carroll and Albert Camus

There will be two pieces of reading for Friday, January 25:

  • David Carroll, Albert Camus, the Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justice, “The ‘Algerian’ in Camus”, 1-18
  • Albert Camus, The First Man, Editor’s note-p. 28 T

The First Man, is available for purchase in the university bookstore, and David Carroll’s introduction to Albert Camus, The Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justice can be found either on our course reserves, or online at the library website here.

David Carroll’s text will serve as a helpful introduction to Albert Camus, explaining how his work is a hotly debated topic in Postcolonial Studies. In fact, some scholars might see it as problematic for me to be placing him on a syllabus in a course with “Postcolonial Literature” in the title. In the “Editor’s Note” to The First Man, Camus’ daughter Catherine mentions these concerns as well.

The First Man, as Catherine Camus explains, is Albert Camus posthumously published novel. How does her Editor’s Note, Carroll’s introduction, and Camus’ dedication and first chapter suggest we should read this text? After reading this much, how do you intend to approach reading this book? What successes and/or difficulties have you encountered with your own attempt to read this text so far?

January 23: Web Domain and WordPress

Reminder: Class does not meet on Monday, January 21, for MLK Jr. Day. 

On Wednesday, the 23rd, we will be going through how to set up your web domain. Please purchase a web domain (ideally through Reclaim Hosting) by the time class begins. From there, I’ll show you how to make a subdomain that is specifically for this class, and how to use WordPress to make blog posts and pages. Please bring your laptop if you’d like to follow along while I show you how to set up your web domain.

You’ll have to email me the link to your subdomain by Monday, January 28 in order to make sure your website is working before your first Reading Response is due on Wednesday, January 30. 

Heavy reading load warning: You have a heavier reading load for Friday, January 25, but it is also your only reading assignment for the week.

Featured Image: Internet by transCam

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