English 140 - Winter, 2023

Topics in Postcolonial Literatures & Cultures

Class Information

Instructor: Solomon, Jeff
Time: TR 1:40 -3:00pm
Location: 1215 TLC
GE Areas: Writing Experience


Love & Geopolitics: In this course, we'll examine significant works of postcolonial film and fiction that explore transitions in the geopolitical order through the lens of romance. Drawing insight from scholars working in narrative theory and postcolonial studies, we will explore the reasons why artists might choose to approach world historical events and geopolitical crisis points by presenting intensely human stories of love, sex and romance.


Researched Final Essay - 20%
Online Research Presentation & Report - 20%
Brief Weekly Responses to Discussion Questions - 50%
In-Class Activities & Reading Quizzes - 10%


Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Waiting for the Barbarians, J.M. Coetzee
Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor