This quarter centers on various forms of resistance to empire. We will challenge the idea of conquest through an examination of the Inca empire; reflect on how literary revisions of traditional texts, such as Shakespeare’s Tempest, undermine the structures of power that sustain empire; and critique the responses of Indian anti-colonialists to the British Raj. We will reflect on how empire structures the way we think about conquest, mastery, oppression, rebellion, resistance, revolution, race, gender, civilization, otherness, community, legitimacy, property, and progress. And we will analyze these ideas in 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.
REQUIRED MATERIALS (Winter 2018)
Books will be available at the bookstore. Important: The course requires the specific editions listed.
Césaire, Aimé. A Tempest. Translated by Richard Miller. TCG Translations, 2002. ISBN 978-1559362108.
Gandhi, Mohandas. “Hind Swaraj” and Other Writings. Edited by Anthony J. Parel. Centenary Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-521-14602-9.
Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. Signet Classics, ISBN 978-0-451-52712-7.
WINTER 2017 LECTURE CALENDAR
This calendar (subject to change) provides information about the lecturer, readings, writing assignments, and HumCore events by date. The reading assignment for each lecture should be completed before the lecture. You should treat lecture like another text for this course: take careful notes and be prepared to discuss lecture materials in your seminar.
New to Humanities Core this quarter? Read these tips for success.
|1a: 1/9||O’Toole||Lecture 1a Study Questions + Britannica article|
|1b: 1/11||O’Toole||Lecture 1b SQ||
Workshop: How to set up a blog site. Wed., Jan. 11, 12-12:45pm and 12:45-1:30pm in HH 217
Friday Forum for new students: “Making the Transition.” Jan. 13, 11-11:50pm in BS3 1200
|2a: 1/16||No Lecture Mon. or Tues.: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
Start Essay 3
|3a: 1/23||O’Toole||Lecture 3a SQ|
|3b: 1/25||O’Toole||Lecture 3b SQ + Britannica “History of Peru”|
|4a: 1/30||O’Toole|| Lecture 4a SQ
+ Britannica “Peru 1930-1968”
|4b: 2/1||Lewis||Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 1, pp. 3-27.||Shakespeare SQ|
|5b: 2/8||Lewis||Week 5 SQ||2/10: Friday Forum
11am BS3 1200
“The Tempest: Scene Performance” (Watch video)
Midterm (in seminar)
Start Essay 4
|6b: 2/15||Lewis||Behn, Oroonoko, pp. 9-40.||Behn SQ||Recommended: Re-scheduled talk by M. Restall, 2/16, 5-6:20pm SSPA 1100|
|7a: 2/20||No Lecture Mon. or Tues.: President’s Day Holiday|
|7b: 2/22||Lewis||Behn, Oroonoko, pp. 41-77.|
Gandhi, Hind Swaraj, pp. xiv-xci, 5-76
Recommended blog post
|8b: 3/1||Chaturvedi||Gandhi, Hind Swaraj, pp. 77-117|
|9a: 3/6||Chaturvedi||Savarkar, The Indian War of Independence, prefatory material. Download||Savarkar SQ|
|9b: 3/8||Chaturvedi||Savarkar, IWI Part 1 Ch.1 “Swadharma and Swaraj,” pp. 3-12. Download|
|10a: 3/13||Chaturvedi||Ranchod Vira letter Download||Ranchod Vira SQ|
|10b:3/15||Chaturvedi||Nehru, The Discovery of India, Ch. 10, pp. 479-509, 524-36. Download||Nehru SQ|
Final Exams will be held in seminar classrooms and scheduled according to seminar class times.