Monthly Archives: October 2004

Said (part two)

Said, Culture and Imperialism, 191-336


Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (1993), xi-xxviii, 3-80

Term paper, stage three: Revised project proposal

For this stage of the term paper assignment, you should turn in a revised project proposal, which should be approximately 2 pages, double-spaced, this time with a full statement of what you intend to accomplish in your paper, including (and this is the most important part) a clear sense of what your thesis will be. This is not to say, again, that things won’t change as you continue working, but it is to say that I want a very clear sense of the direction you’re heading.


Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (1983), 1-65, 141-154, 163-185
Term paper, stage three: Revised project proposal due

Fanon (part two)

Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Brief essay due

Presentation assignment

As mentioned in your syllabus, each group is responsible for doing one in-class presentation designed to introduce us to that day’s reading and to guide our discussion of that reading. Your group assignments were made somewhat randomly (aside from attempting to create a kind of balance in the groups), and the group numbers were assigned purely alphabetically. Presentation dates have been assigned in group-number order, and thus, totally randomly. If these dates are absolutely impossible, you should let me know immediately.
Each member of each group should be responsible for part of the presentation; how you divide up that work is up to you, but everyone should speak. What the presentation looks like is likewise entirely up to you. The presentation should, however, take NO MORE THAN 15 minutes, and should lead into a well-facilitated and energetic discussion. We’ll spend some time this afternoon discussing how that might best be accomplished.
For now, presentation dates are as follows:
Group 1: October 20
Group 2: October 25
Group 3: November 1
Group 4: November 3
Group 5: November 15
Group 6: November 22
Group 7: November 29


Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1961)

Williams; Hall

Raymond Williams, “Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory† (1973)
Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature (1977): section II, “Cultural Theory†
Stuart Hall, “Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms† (1980)
Stuart Hall, “Signification, Representation, Ideology: Althusser and the Post-Structuralist Debates† (1985)

Term paper, stage two: Preliminary bibliography

For this second stage of the term paper assignment, you need to do some preliminary research. On Monday, October 4, you will turn in to me a bibliography listing at least ten secondary sources that you intend to consult in the process of working on your term paper. These sources should include critical books and articles on (or related to) the topic you intend to pursue, and should be scholarly in nature (meaning you need to pay attention to the provenance of these sources, ensuring that they’re well-researched and authoritative; stuff grabbed off the internet may not suffice). These sources should not include class readings, though of course you’ll want to use class readings as sources in the term paper itself. Each entry in the bibliography should be followed by a one-sentence description of what the source is, and why you think it might be important to your research.


Antonio Gramsci, selections from The Prison Notebooks (1929-35, 1949)
Chantal Mouffe, “Hegemony and Ideology in Gramsci† (1979)
Stuart Hall, “Gramsci’s Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity” (1986)
Term paper, stage two: Preliminary bibliography due