ENGL 222 A1: Reading Race and Ethnicity

L. Harrington

This course will provide a theoretical introduction to race and ethnicity. We will examine the concept of nationalism and processes of racialization, the politics of multiculturalism and integration, Islamophobia and otherness, and the possibilities and problems of anti-racism. Our theoretical discussions will engage with literature written in English from South Asia (namely, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) and the South Asian diaspora (in Britain, Canada, USA). Our focus will begin in the late 19th century taking into account key essays and political writings regarding colonialism as well as poetry and short stories before moving to 20th and 21st century texts.