603-103-MQ, Structures of Power and the Legacy of Colonialism
Aimé Césaire described the colonial encounter in Discourses on Colonialism as: “I am talking of millions of men who have been skillfully injected with fear, inferiority complexes, trepidation, servility, despair, abasement.” Colonialism is based on a managerial structure of authority that questions the colonized's ability to govern themselves. Writers in formerly colonized countries have to deal with the colonial legacy and find ways to challenge the structures of power. How do people deal with the transition period after colonization and de-colonization? Are the colonial structures reproduced? How are sexual politics affected? What narrative strategies do authors use to convey their message and how do they react compared to their colonial precursors like Kipling or Conrad? This course will highlight texts from the African Diaspora presenting many of the problems associated with the structures of power in the colonial situation.