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Postcolonial literature grapples with the after effects of colonization and the ongoing realities of neocolonialism--the continued dominance of the West on the Global South. This course will first explore how early twentieth-century writer Joseph Conrad saw empire and colonization and then how contemporary writers from the Caribbean, West Africa and South Asia negotiate between the lived effects of globalization and the failed dreams of liberation. How are they reimagining history so as to create new possibilities and communities for an alternative future? What is our role in the first-world university as readers of these texts? What critical opportunities do they afford us? We will also explore issues of race, poverty, and immigration in the United States in the work of Colson Whitehead, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Yaa Gyazi. Other writers include Jamaica Kincaid, Caryl Phillips, Chris Abani, Arundhati Roy and Arvind Adiga.