Dystopias, Postcolonialism, and Dead White Guy Lit

Today we looked at the historical and literary allusions within Atwood’s 2007 article. Students contributed to small groups before sharing their master list with the class.

Tomorrow we will be looking at the following concepts:

postcolonialism (post-colonialism)

binary
canon
centre/margin (periphery)
discourse
hegemony
imperialism
“noble savage”, from Rousseau’s A Discourse on Inequality (1755)
othering
“savage/civilized” dichotomy

Sources for handouts:
Ashcroft, B. et al. (1989). The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures. New York: Routledge

Ashcroft, B. et al. (1998). Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts. New York: Routledge.

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