Postcolonial Ecocriticism – Fall 2021 course

The Department of English’s upcoming fall course, Postcolonial Ecocriticism (LIT 4188-U01) introduces students to the field of postcolonial ecocriticism through the study of literature and scholarship concerned with the relationship between the environment, colonial histories and cultural identity.

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Students will consider the following questions:

  • How has literature helped in perceiving the environment and non-human others in ways that go beyond oppressive forms of relation?
  • How have historically marginalized identities discovered a sense of connection with the environment?
  • How has literature helped in generating global/planetary awareness in an era of climate change?

Students will study Native American, African American, US Latinx, Caribbean and Asian literatures concerned with these questions.

Michael Grafals

Micahel Grafals will teach this course at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:45 pm.

Professor Grafals specializes in Caribbean literature, Latinx literature, postcolonial theory and theories of subjectivity.