基本素養 Basic Literacy

厚植人文素養及西洋文學文化涵養
To cultivate their spirit of humanity and increase their knowledge of western literatures and cultures.
獨立思考、思辨、反省與推己及人
To think independently, analyze critically, reflect and sympathy
發揮專業、擴展國際視野、跨界學習
To demonstrate their professionalism, broaden their international perspectives and interdisciplinary studies

核心能力 Competence

人文素養與社會關懷能力
Ability to provide social concern with a spirit of humanity
熟稔各種理論基礎、收集分析文獻資料的能力
Ability to collect and analyze literature data with various theoretical foundations
完成學術論文及批判性書寫的能力
Ability to work on academic papers and critical writing
深入閱讀並解析外國文學、語言、文化等作品與論文的能力
Ability to read and analyze works or academic papers on foreign literatures, languages and cultures
國際視野、跨領域研究及適應能力
Ability to conduct interdisciplinary studies from international perspectives
獨立思考、團隊合作、創意研究及分析、解決問題的能力
Abilities to think independently, to perform a teamwork, to conduct creative research and analysis, and to solve problems.

課程概述 Course Description

後殖民論述與文學研究
This course aims to survey from a postcolonial/postmodern perspective the construction of subject(ivity) in literary narratives through the discussion of some related theories of Homi Bhabha and Deleuze/Guattari. Both postmodernism and postcolonialism are characterized by their interest in deconstructing the common assumptions of racial hierarchies. In addition, the dismantling of the structuring binary opposition of center and margin evident in postcolonial discourse has in many ways been intensified in postmodernism’s commitment to deconstructing the authoritarian and logocentric master narratives of European (or dominant) culture. On the one hand, Homi Bhabha prompts people to rethink the limitations of the social sense of a “collective community,” for he argues that cultural and political identity are (re)constructed through a process of alterity or otherness in the “in-between space” which emerges from a blend of two diverse cultures or traditions, like the colonial power and the colonized culture. On the other, Deleuze claims that literature also has a political function which is collective, since writing itself is essentially a collective activity. For Deleuze argues that the ultimate political task of writing consists in “inventing” a people who do not yet exist. The collective emerges, in this way, from the writer’s creation of pre-individual singularities. Moreover, the “collective,” in Deleuzian terms, is a form of “delirium,” speaking with, writing with. In addition, Deleuze’s approach to literature can be adumbrated by his interest in the “in-between” spaces which condition the conventional components of literary texts,such as characters and dialogues, but which are frequently elided. Consequently, regardless of some details of differences in their discursive stance on “collective,” Bhabha and Deleuze create a literary counter-tradition (counter-narratives) that makes any claims for the hierarchical “purity” of an original culture untenable. Above all, the rhetorical strategy that Deleuze and Guattari advocate is a (micro)politics of minor literature (not minority literature), which does not come from a minor language but rather a “deterritorialized” variation of a major language , such as Prague German, the “paper language” that Kafka uses. Furthermore, the deterritorialized language uproots the old dichotomies such as East/West, Self/Other and Center/Margin, and helps explore the increasing hybridity and liminality of cultural experience, which binary oppositions happen to be what Bhabha has been devoted to deconstruct. In other words, their theories stress the mutual interdependence and construction of selfhood that exists between majorities/hegemonic groups and minorities/marginalized groups (or between the colonizer and the colonized).

課程學習目標 Course Objectives

  • survey from a postcolonial/postmodern.
  • postcolonialism and postmodernism
  • supposed to discuss his/her paper’s topic with the instructor anytime
  • 課程進度 Progress Description

    進度說明 Progress Description
    1General Introduction to post-colonial theories (Yang)
    2The Postmodernism and Postcolonialism in/of Bhabha and Deleuze;excerpts from The Empire Writes Back (Yang) The Postmodernism and Postcolonialism in/of Bhabha and Deleuze;excerpts from The Empire Writes Back (Yang)
    3Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, pp9-40; 83-108
    4Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?”
    5Said, Orientalism, pp1-28, 329-52
    6Culture and Imperialism, Introduction (xi—xxviii); Film Studies
    7Bhabha, The Location of Culture, Ch 1& 2
    8ditto, Ch 3 & 4
    9ditto, Ch 9 & 11
    10Midterm Exam (theory and practice in film review); proposal for the term paper due
    11Bhabha, Nation and Narration, Ch 1 & 2
    12ditto, Ch 4 & 16
    13Deleuze, Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus (excerpts)—Yang
    14ditto
    15Deleuze, Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature, Ch 1-3
    16Film Review
    17Deleuze, Dialogues 1-3; review
    18Final Exam (Term Paper due)
     以上每週進度教師可依上課情況做適度調整。The schedule may be subject to change.

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    1.本課程是否規劃業界教師參與教學或演講?
    Is there any industry specialist invited in this course? How many times?
    2.本課程是否規劃含校外實習(並非參訪)?
    Are there any internships involved in the course? How many hours?
    3.本課程是否可歸認為學術倫理課程?
    Is this course recognized as an academic ethics course? In the course how many hours are regarding academic ethics topics?
    4.本課程是否屬進入社區實踐課程?
    Is this course recognized as a Community engagement and Service learning course? Which community will be engaged?