Postcolonial Studies

The following courses count for concentration credit in the Postcolonial Studies field.

In most cases, this means that at least 50% of the material in the course relates directly to the student’s field. If you find a course that you think is well-suited to your own particular course of study, but that does not appear on the list, please petition the Committee on Instruction for credit, keeping in mind the 50% guideline.

If you have any questions about courses or concentration credits, please speak with one of the Assistant Directors of Studies.

POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES

Literature courses that consider materials from a comparative and specifically postcolonial perspective. Please note that this list is not comprehensive. Other courses may also work for this requirement.

  • AFRAMER 107X. George Paul Meiu. [Race, Ethnicity, and the Empire] Likely Fall 2017.
  • AFRAMER 116X. Jamaica Kincaid. [The Child in the Empire] Likely Fall 2016.
  • AFRAMER 137. Biodun Jeyifo. [Literature, Oratory, Popular Music and the Politics of Liberation]. Likely Fall 2016
  • COMPLIT 103. Grounds for Comparison. David Damrosch. Fall 2015.
  • ENGLISH 61A. The Literature of Empire. Spring 2016.
  • ENGLISH 90AU. Australian Indigenous Literature: Seminar. Fall 2015.
  • ENGLISH 180C Ju Kim. World Theater. Fall 2015.
  • ENGLISH 190E “Rotten English” Literature: Writing in English from Across the Globe. Spring 2016
  • ENGLISH 195A Australian Literature and the World. Spring 2016.
  • FRENCH 61H. Being French: Historical and Societal Considerations. Spring 2016.
  • FRENCH 70C. [Introduction to French Literature III: The Francophone World]. Fall 2016.
  • FRENCH 174 Mediterranean Crossings: Exiles, Migrants and Refugees. Spring 2016.
  • FRENCH 176. World Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Francophonie and Creolization: Reading in Context. Francois Lionnet. Fall 2015.
  • FRENCH 182 French, Francophone, and Postcolonial Studies. Fall 2015.
  • HIST-LIT 90BO Daniel Loss. Sports and Empire. Fall 2015.
  • HIST-LIT 90CC. Boundaries, Borders, Bodies. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi. Spring 2016.
  • PORTUG 61. [Performing Arts in The Portuguese-Speaking World]. Likely Fall 2016.
  • RELIGION 1844: Religion, Gender, and Identity in 21st Century Diasporic Muslim Fiction. Leila Ahmed. Fall 2015.

History courses on the colonial and postcolonial world that consider materials from a comparative or transregional perspective. Please note that this list is not comprehensive. Other courses may also work for this requirement.

  • AFRAMER 11. Caroline Elkins. Introduction to African Studies
  • AFRAMER 107X. George Paul Meiu. [Race, Ethnicity, and the Empire]
  • AFRAMER 198X. Alejandro de la Fuente. Scientific Racism: A History. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 82M. Mary Lewis. [The Modern Mediterranean: Connections and Conflicts between Europe and North Africa]. Fall 2016.
  • HIST 86H. Sugata Bose. [Asia after Europe]. Spring 2017.
  • HIST 89A. Caroline Elkins. [British Colonial Violence in the 20th Century]. Fall 2016.
  • HIST 1013. Genevieve Clutario. Pacific Crossroads: Histories of Asian America. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1014. Genevieve Clutario. Gender & Empire. Spring 2016
  • HIST 1020. [A Global History of Modern Times]. Charles Maier. Likely Spring 2017.
  • HIST 1042. History of U.S. Imperialism, 1600-1900. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1043. History of U.S. Imperialism, 1900-present. Spring 2016.
  • HIST 1060. [Europe and Its Borders, 950-1550]. Spring 2017.
  • HIST 1933. Genevieve Clutario. [Beauty and Power]. Spring 2017.
  • HIST-LIT 90BQ. Early Modern Encounters. Michael Tworek. Fall 2015.
  • HIST-LIT 90BO. Daniel Loss. Sports and Empire. Fall 2015.
  • HIST-LIT 90CC. Boundaries, Borders, Bodies. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi. Spring 2016.
  • HIST-LIT 90L. Stories of Slavery and Freedom. Timothy McCarthy. Fall 2015.
  • ISLAMCIV 170. Ousmane Oumar Kane. Islam, Modernity and Politics. Fall 2015.
  • ISLAMCIV 172. [Knowledge and Authority in Muslim Societies]. Spring 2017.
  • SAS 180. Religion and Violence in South Asia. Spring 2016.
  • SOCWORLD 14. Maya Jasanoff. The British Empire. Fall 2015.
  • SOCWORLD 28. Kelly O'Neill. [Exploration and Empire Building]. Spring 2017.
  • SOCWORLD 34. Orlando Patterson. The Caribbean: Globalization, Socio-Economic Development & Cultural Adaptation. Fall 2015.

Regional Courses

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

  • AFRAMER 11. Caroline Elkins. Introduction to African Studies
  • AFRAMER 20. John Mugane. Introduction to African Languages and Cultures
  • AFRAMER 111. Biodun Jeyifo. Spectral Fictions, Savage Phantasms: Race and Gender in Anti-Racist South African & African America
  • AFRAMER 116X. Jamaica Kincaid. [The Child in the Empire] Likely Fall 2016.
  • AFRAMER 135X. Tommie Shelby, Walter Johnson. Reading Du Bois. Spring 2016.
  • AFRAMER 160. Jacob Olupona. [Christianity, Identity, and Civil Society in Africa] Likely Spring 2017.
  • AFRAMER 187. Jacob Olupona. [African Religions] Likely Fall 2016.
  • AFRAMER 192X. Jacob Olupona. [Religion and Society in Nigeria] Likely Spring 2018.
  • HAA 192M. Suzanne Blier. Early African Art (to 1750). Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1412. [African Diaspora in the Americas]. Vincent Brown. Likely Fall 2016.
  • HIST 1700. Emmanuel Akyeampong. [The History of Sub-Saharan Africa to 1860]. Fall 2017.
  • HIST 1701. Emmanuel Akyeampong. [West Africa from 1800 to the Present]. Spring 2018.
  • HIST 1704. Emmanuel Akyeampong. [Slavery and Slave Trade in Africa and the Americas]. Fall 2016.
  • ISLAMCIV 175. [Islam in African History]. Spring 2017.
  • ISLAMCIV 176. Ousmane Oumar Kane. Islam in Modern West Africa. Fall 2015.
  • SOCWORLD 26. Caroline Elkins. [Africa and Africans: The Making of a Continent in the Modern World]. Spring 2017.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

  • AESTHINT 43. [Visual Culture of the Ottoman Empire Between East and West (15th-17th Centuries)]. Spring 2017
  • AESTHINT 54. Ali Asani. For the Love of God and His Prophet: Religion, Literature, and the Arts in Muslim Cultures. Spring 2016.
  • ARMENST 110B. James Russell. Armenian Literature in Translation: Modern. Spring 2016.
  • COMPLIT 255. Dysfunctional Family as National Allegory in the Middle Eastern Novel. Likely Spring 2017.
  • CULTBLF 41. [Gender, Islam, and Nation in the Middle East and North Africa]. Spring 2017.
  • GOV 1207. Melani Cammett. Comparative Politics of the Middle East. Spring 2016.
  • HIST 13D. Afsaneh Najmabadi. Iran’s Revolutions. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 82M. Mary Lewis. [The Modern Mediterranean: Connections and Conflicts between Europe and North Africa]. Fall 2016.
  • HIST 1878B. Cemal Kafadar. Ottoman State and Society II (1550-1920). Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1880. Khaled Fahmy. The Middle East from 1750 to 1914. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1881. Khaled Fahmy. The Middle East from 1914 to the present. Spring 2016.
  • HIST 1928. Cemal Kafadar. Istanbul: Eventful City & Quotidian Modernity since the Invention of Coffeehouses in the 16th c. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1974. Timothy Nunan. Eurasia in the Twentieth Century. Fall 2015.
  • HIST-LIT 90CC. Boundaries, Borders, Bodies. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi. Spring 2016.
  • HISTSCI 101. Ahmed Ragab. [Communities of Knowledge: Science, Religion, and Culture in Medieval Europe and the Lands of Islam]. Fall 2016.
  • HISTSCI 108. Ahmed Ragab. [Bodies, Sexualities, and Medicine in the Medieval Middle East]. Fall 2016.
  • HISTSCI 109. [Science and Islam: Agents, Places, and Controversies]. Ahmed Ragab. Likely Fall 2016.
  • HISTSCI 113. Ahmed Ragab. [Crusades, Plagues and Hospitals: Medicine and Society in the Islamic Middle Ages] Spring 2016.
  • HISTSCI 146V. Soha Bayoumi. Bodies in Flux: Medicine, Gender, and Sexuality in the Modern Middle East. Fall 2015.
  • MODMDEST 100. Malika Zeghal. Introduction to the Modern Middle East. Spring 2016.
  • MODMDEST 111. [Culture and Society in Contemporary Iran]. Spring 2018.
  • MODMDEST 158B. William Granara. [Modern Arabic Literature Seminar: Lebanese Civil War: Histories and Fictions]. Spring 2018.
  • MODMDEST 160R. Himmet Taskomur. [History of Modern Turkey through Literature]. Spring 2017.
  • MODMDEST 175R. William Granara. [Understanding Modern North Africa]. Spring 2017.
  • PERSIAN 152. [Literary and Visual Narrative in the Persian Epic Tradition] Fall 2017.
  • PERSIAN 158. Amr Ahmed. Modern Persian Poetry and Prose. Fall 2016.
  • SOCWORLD 54. Malika Zeghal. Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East. Fall 2015.
  • TURKISH 150B. Himmet Taskomur. Advanced Ottoman Turkish II. Spring 2016.

SOUTH ASIA

  • AESTHINT 30. [Love In A Dead Language: Classical Indian Literature and Its Theorists]. Spring 2017.
  • AESTHINT 54. Ali Asani. For the Love of God and His Prophet: Religion, Literature, and the Arts in Muslim Cultures. Spring 2016.
  • CULTBLF 60. [Religion in India: Texts and Traditions in a Complex Society]. Fall 2016.
  • FOLKMYTH 153. Leah Lowthorp. South Asian Folklore. Fall 2015.
  • HAA 18S. Jinah Kim. Arts of South and Southeast Asia. Fall 2015.
  • HAA 183K. Jinah Kim. Himalayan Art. Spring 2016.
  • HIST 60U. Mou Banerjee. Religion and Politics: India, 1800-2015. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 86H. Sugata Bose. [Asia after Europe]. Spring 2017
  • SAS 123. Bollywood and Beyond: Commercial Cinema, Language and Culture in South Asia. Fall 2015.
  • SAS 130. Economic History of India. Sunil Amrith. Fall 2015.
  • SAS 131. South Asia: A Global History. Sunil Amrith. Spring 2016.
  • SAS 179. South Asia: Connected Histories, Interdisciplinary Frames. Fall 2015.
  • SAS 180. Religion and Violence in South Asia. Spring 2016.
  • SAS 190. Religious Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Modern South Asia. Spring 2016.
  • SAS 191. South Asian Literary Cultures: An Introduction. Spring 2016.
  • SAS 193. Class and the City in Indian Cinema. Spring 2016.
  • SAS 194. A Clash of Civilizations? Hindus and Muslims in South Asia. Fall 2015.
  • SAS 197. Buddhist Literature in South Asia and Beyond. Spring 2016.
  • SAS 199. Modern India Through Narrative Forms. Fall 2015.
  • SOCWORLD 22. Ian J. Miller, Parimal G. Patil, Shigehisa Kuriyama. [Asia in the Making of the Modern World]. Spring 2017.
  • SOCWORLD 36. Sugata Bose. [Modern India and South Asia]. Fall 2016.

EAST AND SOUTH EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

  • AESTHINT 36. Buddhism and Japanese Culture. Ryuichi Abe. Spring 2016.
  • CHNSHIS 117. History, Politics, and Culture in Manchurian Space. Mark Elliott. Spring 2016.
  • CULTBLF 11. Medicine and the Body in East Asia and in Europe. Shigehisa Kuriyama. Spring 2016.
  • EAFM 110. Alexander Zahlten. [Film and Popular Culture Flows Across East Asia]. Fall 2016.
  • EASTD 140. Ryuichi Abe. Major Religious Texts of East Asia. Fall 2015.
  • ENGLISH 90AU. Australian Indigenous Literature: Seminar. Fall 2015.
  • ENGLISH 195A. Australian Literature and the World. Spring 2016.
  • HAA 18S. Jinah Kim. Arts of South and Southeast Asia. Fall 2015.
  • HAA 199N. Thomas Cummins. Between Europe and Asia: Colonial Latin America and the Art of Fusion. Fall 2015
  • HIST 60Q. Andrew Levidis. Modern Japan at War. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 86H. Sugata Bose. [Asia after Europe]. Spring 2017.
  • HIST 1013. Genevieve Clutario. Pacific Crossroads: Histories of Asian America. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1042. History of U.S. Imperialism, 1600-1900. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1043. History of U.S. Imperialism, 1900-present. Spring 2016.
  • HIST 1911. David Armitage. Pacific History. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1918. Telling Lives in Asia. Hue-Tam Tai. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1934. The Vietnam War: A Legal History. Samuel Moyn. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1978. Diana Kim, Kirsty Walker. The Politics of Vice in Colonial Southeast Asia. Spring 2016.
  • HISTSCI 180. Dong Won Kim. Science, Technology, and Society in Modern East Asia. Fall 2015.
  • ISLAMCIV 178. Muslim Societies in South Asia: Religion, Culture, and Identity. Fall 2015.
  • JAPNHIST 115. Helen Hardacre. Religion and Society in Edo and Meiji Japan. Spring 2016.
  • JAPNHIST 120. Helen Hardacre. [Religion and Society in Twentieth-Century Japan]. Fall 2016.
  • KORLIT 110. Si Nae Park. Korean Literature: Texts and Contexts, 9th Century through the Early 20th Century. Spring 2016
  • SOCWORLD 13. Andrew Gordon, David Howell. Japan in Asia and the World. Spring 2016.
  • SOCWORLD 22. Ian J. Miller, Parimal G. Patil, Shigehisa Kuriyama. [Asia in the Making of the Modern World]. Spring 2017.
  • SOCWORLD 27. Carter Eckert. The Two Koreas. Spring 2016.
  • SOCWORLD 37. [The Chinese Overseas]. Michael Szonyi. Likely Fall 2016.
  • SOCWORLD 43. Ian J. Miller, David Howell. [Japan's Samurai Revolution]. Fall 2016.
  • TIBET 150. Bod, Bod chen po, and the historical geography of the Tibetan cultural area. Fall 2015.
  • TIBET 190. Understanding Histories of Tibet. Spring 2016.
  • US-WORLD 38. Andrew Gordon, Erez Manela. Forced to be Free: Americans as Occupiers and Nation-Builders Fall 2015.

Electives

  • AESTHINT 54. Ali Asani. For the Love of God and His Prophet: Religion, Literature, and the Arts in Muslim Cultures.
  • AFRAMER 103X. Justin Leroy. The Black Radical Tradition
  • AFRAMER 107X. George Paul Meiu. [Race, Ethnicity, and the Empire]. Likely Fall 2017.
  • AFRAMER 124Y. Alejandro de la Fuente, Doris Sommer. Afro-Latin America. Spring 2016.
  • AFRAMER 135X. Tommie Shelby, Walter Johnson. Reading Du Bois. Spring 2016.
  • AFRAMER 140X. Biodun Jeyifo. [Film, Fiction and Diaspora]. Likely Spring 2017.
  • AFRAMER 154. [Language and Discourse: Race, Class and Gender]. Marcyliena Morgan. Likely Fall 2016.
  • COMPLIT 133. Christine Lee. Shakespeare Shakes the Globe. Fall 2015.
  • ENGLISH 90AU. Australian Indigenous Literature: Seminar. Fall 2015.
  • FRENCH 70C. [Introduction to French Literature III: The Francophone World]. Fall 2016.
  • HIST 1013. Genevieve Clutario. Pacific Crossroads: Histories of Asian America. Fall 2015.
  • HIST 1014. Genevieve Clutario. Gender and Empire.
  • HIST 1206. Mary Lewis. [Empire, Nation, and Immigration in France since 1870]. Fall 2016.
  • HIST 1926. Tamar Herzog. [How Historians Imagine Latin American Pasts]. Fall 2017.
  • HIST 1933. Genevieve Clutario. [Beauty and Power]. Spring 2017.
  • HIST 1935. Dimiter Angelov. [Byzantine Imperialism]. Spring 2018.
  • HIST-LIT 90BR. Frances Sullivan. Cultures of Commodity Production Across the Americas. Spring 2016.
  • HISTSCI 159. Rebecca Lemov. History of Anthropology. Spring 2016.
  • HISTSCI 192. Ahmed Ragab, Hannah Roosth. The Empire Strikes Back: Science Fiction, Religion, and Society. Fall 2015.
  • ISLAMCIV 145B. Khaled El-Rouayheb [Introduction to Islamic Philosophy and Theology: The Modern Period (19th and 20th centuries)]. Spring 2017.
  • ROM-STD 109. The Global Game: Soccer, Politics, and Popular Culture. Spring 2016.
  • RELIGION 1834. Leila Ahmed. Contemporary Voices in Islam in the West. Spring 2016.
  • RELIGION 1836. Leila Ahmed. Islam Gender, Sexualities and Empire. Spring 2016.
  • SOCWORLD 42. Charles Maier. The World Wars and Global Transformation, 1900-1950. Fall 2015.
  • WOMGEN 91R. Body Capital: Sex Work and the Global Economy. Fall 2015.
  • WOMGEN 1210FT Katherine Stanton. Postcolonial Feminist Theory. Spring 2016.
  • WOMGEN 1271. Women and War: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Militarism. Elizabeth Mesok. Fall 2015.
  • US-WORLD 12. Jennifer Roberts. [American Encounters: Art, Contact, and Conflict, 1560-1860]. Spring 2017.
  • US-WORLD 28. Walter Johnson. [Slavery/Capitalism/Imperialism: The US in the Nineteenth Century]. Spring 2017.
  • US-WORLD 38. Andrew Gordon, Erez Manela. Forced to be Free: Americans as Occupiers and Nation-Builders Fall 2015.