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Core Course II: Critical Issues

Centre of Latin American Studies

 

Latin American Perspectives on Postcoloniality and Modernity

Joanna Page

The three essays set for pre-seminar reading are listed below; a PDF for the one that is not available online is available on the Moodle Core Course site. If postcolonial studies is a new field for you, there are some good introductions to postcolonial theory that you might like to consult – these are listed at the bottom, but they are not required reading for the seminar.

Required Reading

Please bring these three essays to the seminar (either in hard copy or on a laptop), as we will be referring to them in detail during the discussion.

  • Castro-Gómez, Santiago. “(Post)Coloniality for Dummies: Latin American Perspectives on Modernity, Coloniality, and the Geopolitics of Knowledge.” In Mabel Moraña, Enrique Dussel, and Carlos A. Jáuregui, eds., Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2008): 259-85. (See Moodle). (ebook Project Muse)
  • Dussel, Enrique. “Eurocentrism and Modernity.” In boundary 2, vol. 20 no. 3: The Postmodern Debate in Latin America (Autumn 1993): 65-76. Online: http://www.jstor.org/stable/303341
  • Coronil, Fernando. “Latin American Postcolonial Studies and Global Decolonization.” In Neil Lazarus, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004): 221-40. Online: http://universitypublishingonline.org/cambridge/companions/ebook.jsf?bid=CBO9780511606755

Useful Introductory Works on Postcolonial Theory and Postcolonial Studies

  • Young, Robert C. Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).
  • Childs, Peter, and Patrick Williams, eds. Introduction to Post-Colonial Theory (London and New York: Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1997).
  • Moore-Gilbert, Bart. Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics (London and New York: Verso, 1997).

Further Reading on Postcolonialism and Modernity in Latin America

  • Mignolo, Walter D. “Postoccidentalismo: el argumento desde América latina.” In Santiago Castro-Gómez and Eduardo Mendieta, eds, Teorías sin disciplina: Latinoamericanismo, poscolonialidad y globalización en debate (Mexico: Miguel Ángel Porrúa, 1998), pp. 525-28. Online version (and of other essays in this volume): http://www.ensayistas.org/critica/teoria/castro/ 
  • Quijano, Aníbal. “Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism and Social Classification.” In Mabel Moraña, Enrique Dussel, and Carlos A. Jáuregui, eds., Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2008): 181-224. Online: https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/nepantla/toc/nep1.3.html