Required Texts

Buy at Amazon Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2000. ISBN: 9780374527075.

Buy at Amazon Ballard, J. G. Rushing to Paradise. New York, NY: Picador USA, 1995. ISBN: 9780312131647.

Buy at Amazon Le Carre, John. The Constant Gardener. New York, NY: Scribner, 2000. ISBN: 9780743215053.

Buy at Amazon Wa Thiong'o, Ngugi. Petals of Blood. New York, NY: Penguin Classics, 2005. ISBN: 9780143039174.

Buy at Amazon Fielding, Helen. Cause Celeb. New York, NY: Penguin, 2002. ISBN: 9780670891955.

Buy at Amazon Mistry, Rohinton. A Fine Balance. New York, NY: Knopf, 1996. ISBN: 9780679446088.

Guide to Close Reading (PDF)

Suggested Additional Reading

Edwards, Michael. "The Irrelevance of Development Studies." Third World Quarterly 11 (1989): 116-135.

Buy at Amazon Sen, Amartya. "The Ends and the Means of Development." Development As Freedom. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 35-53. ISBN: 9780375406195.

Slaughter, Joseph. "Enabling Fictions and Novel Subjects: The Bildungsroman and International Human Rights Law." PMLA 121, no. 5 (2006).

Roe, Emily. "Development Narratives, Or Making the Best of Blueprint Development." World Development 19, no. 4 (1991): 287-300.

Buy at Amazon Benjamin, Bret. "Success Stories: NGOs and the Banking Bildungsroman." Invested Interests: Capital, Culture, and the World Bank. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2007, pp. 135-164. ISBN: 9780816648733.

Agamben, Giorgio. "A Brief History of the State of Exception."

Buy at Amazon ———. "Form of Life." Means Without End: Notes on Politics. Translated by Vincenzo Binetti and Cesare Casarino. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2000, pp. 3-14. ISBN: 9780816630356.

Buy at Amazon ———. "Beyond Human Rights." Means Without End: Notes on Politics. Translated by Vincenzo Binetti and Cesare Casarino. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2000, pp. 15-28. ISBN: 9780816630356.

Readings by Session

All readings should be completed prior to their discussion.

1 Introduction
2 "The Doum Tree of Wad Hamid"
3 "The Doum Tree of Wad Hamid" (cont.)
4 Climate change symposium
5 "The Fortunate Traveller"
6 "The Fortunate Traveller" (cont.)
7 A Fine Balance, I-III
8 Essay workshop

A Fine Balance (cont.), IV-XI

Class meets w/o professor B

10 A Fine Balance (cont.), XII-end
11 A Small Place
12 A Small Place (cont.) / Life and Debt (film)
13 Rushing to Paradise, to p. 91
14 Review session
15 Rushing to Paradise (cont.), to p. 168
16 Rushing to Paradise (cont.), all
17 The Constant Gardener, pp. 1-135
18 The Constant Gardener (cont.), pp. 136-322
19 The Constant Gardener (cont.), pp. 323-end
20 Petals of Blood, part I
21 Petals of Blood (cont.), parts I-III
22 Petals of Blood (cont.), all

World bank and National Geographic narratives

Wachera, Becky, and Matthew Meyer. Sole Comfort Dot-Com.

Additional Readings

Scofield, John, and Raghubir Singh. "Bombay: The Other India." National Geographic 160 (July 1981): 104-129.

Grove, Noel, and Stevel Raymer. "The Caribbean: Sun, Sea and Seething." National Geographic 159 (February 1981): 244-271.

Swerdlow, Joel. "Global Culture." National Geographic 196 (August 1999): 2-33.

Hines-Smith, Leone M. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."The Jamaica Trade Point Story: From Stress To Success." (PDF)

24 Cause Celeb, to p. 175
25 Cause Celeb (cont.), to end
26 Wrapping up