Exercises: The Body in Postcolonial Contexts - Details
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Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 7
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Neuere Englische Literaturen und Kulturwissenschaft
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
Next date Wed , 29.06.2022 17:30 - 19:00, Room: (D-2003)
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

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(D-2003) Wednesday: 17:30 - 19:00, weekly (14x)

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In postcolonial studies, the body is described as an object on which power is enacted and the identities of marginalized people are forged into a palimpsest. There are traces of the past creating dialogic relations with the present in a layering effect. Frequently, agency, access and subjectivity are denied and bodies are written over with the text of other meanings or desires. In this course, we will analyse the notion of the body in the novel Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) by Jean Rhys and the play Harvest (1997) by Manjula Padmanabhan in relation to postcolonial key concepts such as ambivalence, appropriation, binarism, colonial desire, dependence, hegemony, hybridity, liminality, marginalization, and othering. In Harvest, the body of the othered third world person exists only to provide first world citizens with healthy body parts that enable them to maintain their selves. In Wide Sargasso Sea, the body becomes a symbol of excess for the white male gaze and is subjected to appropriation. Due to hegemonic power, such bodies become mediums through which competing discourses represent their claims.

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