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Fall 2017-2018
ENG 511   No Pass/D/Fail

Special Studies in Medieval Literature - Medievalizing Africa

Donald Vance Smith

This course has three aims: 1) to disprove Hegel's claim that Africa has no history, particularly in the domain of philosophy; 2) to trace the legacy of medieval institutions and political theology in the formation of the colony and the postcolonial state; 3) to explore the institutional formation, and the silences, of postcolonial theory itself as the legacy of the forgetting of the European and African medieval. Readings come from the domains of medieval philosophy, theology, and literature; African historiography; contemporary African writing; postcolonial theory.

Sample reading list:
Ernst Kantorowicz, The King's Two Bodies
Amos Tutuola, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, The Wizard of the Crow
Layamon, Brut
Gayatri Spivak, A Critique of Postcolonial Reason
Augustine, The City of God

Requirements/Grading:
Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
The course will examine artworks ranging from ancient Egypt to nineteenth-century Europe in the Princeton University Art Museum, where most classes will convene. Assignments will include a study of one of the objects.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22948 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:15