This course is designed to demonstrate the different ways in which contemporary cultural texts of gender, class, nationality, race and media operate in current contexts and also introduce the student to critical tools of cultural practice and analysis.  To this end, a  selection of contemporary discourses, which will enable students to engage critically with textual strategies and cultural issues projected in them forms the core of the course.  Writing as a critical analytic practice forms the backbone of the course and for that reason, the course is structured around a practice of writing about the self and other, social constructions surrounding, nation, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, language and others. 

UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA, FACULTY OF ARTS

                                                                                                                           FORM C-1

Course code

ENG 308

Course Title

Introduction to Theory and Practice

Department

English

Medium

English

Semester

I: 2020

Day of the week

TBA

Time

TBA

Venue

TBA

Credits

3

Status compulsory/optional

Compulsory

Prerequisites

None

Maximum number of students allowed

30

Primary Instructor’s Name

Prof. Sumathy Sivamohan

Supporting Instructors’ Name

 

Method of Evaluation

Assignments 60%; Final Examination 40%

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

 

Course objectives:

week

Lecture Topic

1

Introduction: Chapter 3 from Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere

2

Ctd.  Exercises on the above

3

Above continued .  Letter by Carlo Bulosan/Manto’s Ten Rupees/Quilt by Ismat Chugtai etc. Bulosan and Friere or some other creative material

4

Frantz Fanon: Chapter 5: The fact of blackness

5

Ctd.  First  position paper due

6

Coco Fusco:

7

 Ditto

8

The Tempest

9

The Tempest Poems: Ramya Kumar, Punsara Medhani, Azfar Hussain, Sumathy Sivamohan – supplementary material could change.

10

Ethnicity in Riposte by Michael Roberts

Althusser and the ISA; ‘Ideological State Apparatus”

Second short paper due

11

Althusser ctd. “The Eye of Power” and “Power/Knowledge” Foucault; Discussion on long paper

12

Foucault ctd. Discussion on long paper;

13

Breast Giver by Mahesweta Devi and the notion of the subaltern. Proposal for Long paper due

14

Judith Butler and the deconstruction of Heteronomativity    (optional)

15

Wrap up    Long Paper Due

 

REFERENCES

Paulo Friere. Pedagogy of the Oppressed

 

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Masks

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Simon During. 1993. Cultral Studies.  2nd Edition. London and New York: Routledge. 1999

Michel Foucault: Power/Knowledge: Interviews