Problems in Literary Study: The Postcolonial Family Romance

The goal of this course is to rethink the project of the novel in the colonial and postcolonial world by shifting emphasis from the mimetic model of desire to what Freud called the family romance, the search for alternative worlds in the social order. The course explores how the novel's historic concern with the relation between the individual and systems of the law, family, and sexuality was adopted and transformed by postcolonial writers as they consolidated, or challenged, the imagination of the colony and nation as symbolic systems for rehearsing fantasies of innocence amidst the violence that willed new subjects into being.
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002734
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573