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Imagining the Other: Literature, Cinema and Colonization


The general goals of the course are:


- To stimulate an understanding of culture from a non-Eurocentric perspective.

- To examine the ways in which gender, class and race studies intersect with postcolonial studies

- To identify the different languages of postcolonial cinema


The specific goals of the course are:


- To gain a broad understanding of the main postcolonial theories

- To analyze film through feminist and postcolonial theories

- To demonstrate the existence of a hybrid and shared space across borders and postcolonial diasporas.

Course: Imagining the Other: Literature, Cinema and Colonization
Code: 569577
Lenght: 06/02/2023 - 15/05/2023
Credits: 6
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What Do We Study

We will watch films with the aim of analyzing the cinematic representation of the processes of (post/des) colonization from the point of view of those who exercise colonization and those who suffer it.


Which is the Line of Thought

The course employs the following theoretical tools: (post)colonial identities (Bhabha, Fanon, Memmi, Spivak), diaspora(s) (Brubaker), gender and coloniality (Shohat).


Theoretical and Practical Approaches

Bhabha, Homi. Nation and Narration. Routledge, 1990.

Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture. Routledge, 2004.

Bahbha, Homi; Aira, César (trad.) El lugar de la cultura. Manantial, 2002.

Fanon, Frantz. Peau noire masques blancs. Ed. Seuil, 1952.

Fanon, Frantz. Piel negra, máscaras blancas. Akal, 2009.

Fanon, Frantz. Les damnés de la terre. Maspero, 1961.

Fanon, Frantz. Los Condenados de la Tierra. Txalaparta, 1999.

Memmi, Albert. Portrait du colonisé, précédé d'un Portrait du colonisateur. Corrêa, 1957.

Memmi, Albert. Retrato del colonizado: precedido por Retrato del colonizador. Cuadernos para el diálogo, 1971.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. ¿Pueden hablar los subalternos? Traducción y edición crítica de Manuel Asensi Pérez. MACBA, 2009


On postcolonial studies:

Ghandi, Leela. Postcolonial theory. Allen&Unwim, 1998.

Ashcroft, Bill, Griffiths, Gareth, Helen Tiffin, eds. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. Routledge, 1995.

Butler, Judith. “No, it’s not anti-semitic”. London Review of Books. vol. 25, no. 16 · 21 August 2003

Shohat, Ella. “Notes on the "Post-Colonial"”. Social Text. no. 31/32, Third World and Post-Colonial Issues (1992), pp. 99-113. Stable URL:

Stam, Robert & Ella Shohat. Race in Translation. Culture Wars around the Postcolonial Atlantic. New York University Press, 2012.

Young, Robert. Postcolonialism. An Historical Introduction. Blackwell, 2001.


   On postcolonial studies and cinema:

Khatib, Lina. Filming the Modern Middle East. Politics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Arab World. IB Tauris, 2006.

Ponzanesi, Sandra & Marguerite Waller, eds. Postcolonial Cinema Studies. Routledge, 2012.

Shohat, Ella. “Gender and Culture of Empire: Toward a Feminist Ethnography of the Cinema”. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 131_1-2 (Spring 1991), pp. 45-84


     On diaspora:

Bauböck, Rainer & Thomas Faist, eds. Diaspora and Transnationalism. University Press, 2010.

Brubaker, Rogers “The “diaspora” diaspora”, Ethnic & Racial Studies 28:1, 1-19 DOI: 10.1080/0141987042000289997


   On language and identity :

Cixous, H., Derrida, Jacques, Marta Segarra (ed.) Lengua por venir. Langue à venir. Icaria, 2004.