Post-Colonial Criticism 
Post-Colonial Criticism
by Yale / Paul H. Fry
Video Lecture 22 of 26
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Date Added: October 26, 2009

Lecture Description


Overview:



In this lecture on post-colonial theory, Professor Paul Fry explores the work of Edward Said and Homi K. Bhabha. The complicated origins, definitions, and limitations of the term "post-colonial" are outlined. Elaine Showalter's theory of the phasic development of female literary identity is applied to the expression of post-colonial identities. Crucial terms such as ambivalence, hybridity, and double consciousness are explained. The relationship between Bhabha's concept of sly civility and Gates's "signifyin'" is discussed, along with the reliance of both on semiotics.



Reading assignment:



Said, Edward. "Introduction to Orientalism." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 1801-13



Bhabha, Homi K. "Signs Taken for Wonders." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 1875-99

Course Index

Course Description


In this course, Prof. Paul H. Fry gives 26 video lectures on Theory of Literature. This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?

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