If it helps clarify the decision, the book I'm thinking of using (Minal Hajratwala's Leaving India) is still in hardcover, so is $26 new, but Amazon has it for 60% off, ($10.53), and you can also buy used copies online for about $6 + shipping, so a student should be able to get it for $10 with minimal effort.
I could, of course, make them read the whole book. But a good chunk of it is less directly post-colonial, and I'd rather they read more fiction / poetry instead.
And while we're on the subject, any great colonial or post-colonial poetry recommendations? My syllabus is very fiction-heavy at the moment, and I need to cut at least two novels to make the workload manageable for them, I think (my big crit in course evaluations last spring was 'too much reading'). It's also South Asia-heavy -- would particularly like more material from elsewhere.
- King Solomon's Mines, H. Rider Haggard (Africa)
- Kim, Rudyard Kipling (India)
- A Passage to India (film) (India)
- Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
- The Lion and the Jewel, Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)
- Irish Writing: An Anthology of Irish Literature in English 1789-1939, Stephen Regan (excerpts) (Ireland, obviously)
- Cracking India, Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistan)
- Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie (India)
- the bone people, Keri Hulme (New Zealand)
- A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua)
- White Teeth, Zadie Smith (England)
- other varied handouts
Hmm...if I cut Kim and Cracking India, maybe it's not too S. Asia-centric after all. Although I wish there was bit more of other S. Asian countries than India. :-( I do start the semester with my short story "Oceans Bright and Wide", so they get a bit of Sri Lanka, but I'd really like to get something from Pakistan and/or Bangladesh in there too. A story or a poem or something. I can't remember if I have anything in the handouts -- will have to go through the stack and look. And while we're at it, somewhere from someplace in Africa other than Nigeria?
I think I'm actually going to try putting together a reader this time, for the first time ever, rather than just handing out extra handouts all through the course. Should be easier for them, and I think the organization in advance will be good for me. Although I'm sure a few extra handouts will find their way in anyway...