What is national identity? Does such a thing exist? Who defines whom? How do these questions inform the study of literature?
It shouldn’t surprise you that these questions form the foundation of po-co study. Based on your thoughtful responses from last week, you already have thought about your position as po-co scholars and the danger of a single story. This week’s readings take that idea into the theoretical realm. You will be introduced to four quintessential essays dealing with the questions of defining identity and nationality, and I am guessing you will think a lot about your subject positions of teacher, student, American, etc…
For blog post three, I would like to see you write a response where you integrate your ideas about Fanon, Cesaire (I don’t know how to do an accented “e,” so I apologize!), Anderson, and Jameson along with the definitions from the Ashcroft text. Think two-ish page response paper. I would like to see some direct quotes from the texts that you are wrangling with. These are four doozies, so stay strong, and feel free to email me (or do a quickie blog post) with questions. That is the point of theory. I find the more I read, the less I know (cue cheesy music).
Remember, your job every week is to do one extensive post as outlined above and two shorter responses. I don’t know about you, but I am already feeling disorganized when it comes to keeping track of posts. You don’t have to. I just want you to write your best work, read everyone’s posts, and reply to two. I don’t want anyone getting overwhelmed by posting when really I want you to focus on creating your own original scholarship.
If you have time or an extra 18 minutes this week, here’s a TED talk that applies nicely to the readings and what I know will be an engaging week of posts and discussion.