• How does colonial violence generate anticolonial resistance? Is violence ever justified, whether as an end or as a means? What aesthetic strategies do writers deploy to legitimate the exercise of violence? What is the relationship between militant insurgency and literary form? Posing these and other questions, this course offers an introduction to postcolonial theory through the lens of critical engagements with anticolonial violence. We examine theoretical and empirical defenses of anticolonial violence across several cultural and geographic contexts, including Algeria, Iran, Egypt, Ireland, Germany, and North America. Readings traverse a wide range of disciplines, including literary studies, history, philosophy, and political theory.