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.
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 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.
Castillo, Larisa, ed. Humanities Core Writer’s Handbook. Xanedu, 2017. ISBN: 9781506698427.
WINTER 2018 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.
de Jerez, excerpt from True Account of the Conquest of Peru (Province of Cuzco) PDF
Titu Cusi Yupanqui, excerpt from An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru PDF
Writer’s Handbook, “What Historians Do and Why We Do It”
|Lecture 1a SQ|
|Restall, “The Indians Are Coming to an End: The Myth of Native Desolation”[On-campus or VPN access]||Lecture 1b SQ||
Special Friday Forum for students new to HumCore, Jan. 12, 11-11:50am, BS3 1200
Recommended: “Burma in Crisis: Panel,” 1/11, 4:30-5:30, HG 1030
|1/15, 1/16||No Lecture Mon. or Tues.: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
Cummins, “We Are the Other” PDF
Recommended: Lecture by Dr. Cohen-Aponte, Jan. 19, 2pm in HG 1002
Serulnikov, Revolution in the Andes, Chapters 5-6 (pp. 35-54). PDF
|Lecture 3a SQ|
Images: Photographs of Martin Chambi
Video: Photographs of Hiram Bingham
|Lecture 3b SQ||
Recommended: Lecture by Dr. Warren, Jan. 26, 2pm in HG 1010
|Hill, “Inca of the Blood, Inca of the Soul” [On-campus or VPN access]|
|1/31, 2/1||Lewis||Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 1, pp. 3-27.||Shakespeare SQ|
|2/5, 2/6||Lewis||Montaigne, excerpt from Of Cannibals (PDF); Shakespeare, The Tempest, Acts 1-5, pp. 3-87.|
|2/7, 2/8||Lewis||The Tempest||Recommended: Lecture by Professor Jeff Wasserstrom, 1:30pm, Sunday, 2/11, Bowers Museum|
Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden” PDF
Fernández Retamar, excerpt from “Caliban: Notes toward a Discussion of Culture in Our America” PDF
|Midterm (in seminar)|
|2/14, 2/15||Lewis||Césaire, A Tempest|
|2/19, 2/20||No Lecture Mon. or Tues.: President’s Day Holiday|
Namjoshi, Because of India: “Snapshots of Caliban” IV; Sycorax, pp. 1-16. PDF
Taymor, The Tempest (film)
|2/26, 2/27||Chaturvedi||Gandhi, Hind Swaraj, pp. xiv-xci, 5-76||Gandhi SQ|
|2/28, 3/1||Chaturvedi||Gandhi, Hind Swaraj, pp. 77-117|
|3/5, 3/6||Chaturvedi||Savarkar, The Indian War of Independence, prefatory material PDF||Savarkar SQ|
|3/7, 3/8||Chaturvedi||Savarkar, IWI Part 1 Ch.1 “Swadharma and Swaraj” PDF|
|3/12, 3/13||Chaturvedi||Ranchod Vira letter PDF||Ranchod Vira SQ|
|3/14, 3/15||Chaturvedi||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.
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