This quarter centers on various forms of resistance to empire. We will challenge received ideas about conquest through an examination of the Inca empire and Spanish colonization of Peru; reflect on how revisions of canonical texts, such as Shakespeare’s The Tempest, destabilize the power structures that sustain empire; and analyze the responses of Indian anti-colonialists to the British Raj. We will explore how empires and their ruins structure the way we think about conquest, colonization, mastery, oppression, rebellion, and revolution by examining written texts, cultural artifacts, images, and film.
Your academic writing last quarter focused on formal elements of writing and argumentation: making arguable claims, choosing persuasive evidence, writing strong warrants, developing logical transitions, and composing rhetorically effective introductions and conclusions. This quarter, you will perfect those abilities while learning how to evaluate and integrate secondary sources.
Note: Students who want to begin Humanities Core in the winter can do so as long as they have satisfied the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement. After completing the winter and spring quarters, students will have met the lower division writing requirement as long as they have a grade of C or better in the writing component. Completion of the lecture component over two quarters with grades of D- or better will fulfill two Arts and Humanities (Category IV) of the GE requirements. (See details.)
Prof. Rachel O’Toole (Dept. of History) Office hours: Tu/Th 3:30-4:30pm plus extended hours during weeks 1-3, 230 Murray Krieger Hall
Prof. Jayne Lewis (Dept. of English) Office hours: Th 12:30-2pm, 162 MKH
Prof. Vinayak Chaturvedi (Dept. of History) Office hours: Tu 10:30-11:30am, 444 MKH
Important: The course requires the specific editions and translations listed below.
Césaire, Aimé. A Tempest. Translated by Richard Miller. TCG Translations, 2002. ISBN 9781559362108.
Gandhi, Mohandas. “Hind Swaraj” and Other Writings. Edited by Anthony J. Parel. Centenary Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2009. ISBN 9780521146029.
Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. Signet Classics, ISBN 9780451527127.
Humanities Core Writer’s Handbook: Empire and Its Ruins, 2018-19. Edited by Tamara Beauchamp and Larisa Castillo. XanEdu, 2018. ISBN: 9781593994983.
WINTER 2019 LECTURE CALENDAR
Students in Humanities Core enroll in a lecture and in a corresponding writing seminar. This calendar (subject to change) provides information about the lecturing faculty, readings, writing assignments, study questions (SQ), and special events. The reading assignment for each lecture should be completed before the lecture. The password for downloadable pdfs will be provided to enrolled students. If and when lecture slides are available for a particular lecture, a link to download them will be provided.
Imagining the Inca
de Jerez, excerpt from True Account of the Conquest of Peru (Province of Cuzco), pp. 43-55 PDF
Titu Cusi Yupanqui, excerpt from An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru, pp. 59-70 PDF
Writer’s Handbook, “What Historians Do and Why We Do It,” pp. 119-122 or PDF
Recommended: Video guide to online resources
Spanish Conquest and History Myths
|Restall, “The Indians Are Coming to an End: The Myth of Native Desolation”[UCI login required]||Lecture 1b SQ||Friday Forum Jan. 11: How to succeed in Core (for new students). 11-11:50am in BioSci3 1200
Cummins, “We Are the Other” PDF
|Peer tutoring and the HumCore Reading Group start this week|
The Return of the Inca
Serulnikov, Revolution in the Andes, Chapters 5-6 (pp. 35-54). PDF
|Lecture 2b SQ||UCI Shakespeare Center Lecture Jan. 17: Blake Wilson on “Modeling Virtue in Renaissance Music: Tales from Virgil’s Aeneid” 5-6:30 p.m. in HG 1010|
|1/21, 1/22||No lectures Monday or Tuesday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Tuesday seminars will meet.|
Building on the Ruins of Empire
|Lecture 3b||Deadline for Arts Competition submissions: 4pm on Friday, Jan. 25|
An Inca Nation
|Hill, “Inca of the Blood, Inca of the Soul” [On-campus or VPN access]|
Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Building an Empire in English 1
|Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 1, pp. 3-27.||Shakespeare SQ||
UCI Shakespeare Center Kirk Davis Jr Public Lecture Jan. 30 : Seth Lerer on “‘This isle is full of noises’: Shakespeare and Music” 6-8 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall
The Tempest on Film Screening Jan. 31: Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Tempest 7-9 p.m. in HIB 100
Global Shakespeare Symposium Feb. 1 12-4 p.m. in HG 1010
Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Building an Empire in English 2
|Shakespeare, The Tempest, Acts 1-5, pp. 3-87.||The Tempest on Film Screening Feb. 6: Yellow Sky 7-9 p.m. in HG 1070|
Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Building an Empire in English 3
Recommended: Garceau, “Where Does Caliban’s Name Come From?” Blog Post
|Midterm (in seminar)||Friday Forum Feb. 8: Actor Thomas Varga on playing Caliban 11-11:50 a.m. in BioSci3 1200
Caliban Writes Back 1
|Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden” PDF;
Fernández Retamar, excerpt from “Caliban: Notes toward a Discussion of Culture in Our America” PDF;
Brathwaite, “Caliban” (PDF) and “Letter Sycorax” (PDF)Recommended: Lewis, “‘limbo like me’: A Reading of Kamau Brathwaite’s ‘Caliban'” Blog Post
|Start Essay 4: Comparative Analysis of The Tempest and an Adaptation||
The Tempest on Film Screening Feb. 11: Forbidden Planet/”Requiem for Methuselah” 6-9 p.m. in HG 1070
The Tempest on Film Screening Feb. 12: Derek Jarman’s The Tempest 7-9 p.m. in HG 1070
Caliban Writes Back 2
|Césaire, A Tempest||The Tempest on Film Screening Feb. 15: Julie Taymor’s The Tempest 7-9 p.m. in HIB 100|
|2/18, 2/19|| No lectures Mon. or Tues.: President’s Day Holiday. Tuesday seminars will meet.
Caliban Writes Back 3: Women in (The) Tempest
Namjoshi, Because of India: “Snapshots of Caliban” IV; Sycorax, pp. 1-16. PDF
|Gandhi, Hind Swaraj, pp. xiv-xci, 5-76||Gandhi SQ|
|Gandhi, Hind Swaraj, pp. 77-117|
|Savarkar, The Indian War of Independence, prefatory material PDF; Anonymous, “Revolutionary and Reformer: Savarkar’s Career,” Times of India, February 27, 1966, p. 7. PDF||Savarkar SQ|
|Savarkar, IWI Part 1 Ch.1 “Swadharma and Swaraj” PDF||Arts Gala
March 7, 5pm, in HG 1030
|Ranchod Vira letter PDF||Ranchod Vira SQ|
|Nehru, The Discovery of India excerpt, pp. 479-484, 524-536. PDF||Nehru SQ|
Final Exams will be held in seminar classrooms and scheduled according to seminar class times.
Lecture slides available for download
(Please check availability just before the lecture time.)
NB: Prof. Lewis’ lecture slides will be available after she delivers the lectures.