I'm teaching a 300-level course next semester in Commonwealth literature, where we will be studying, in order:
Rudyard Kipling--a few poems
Joseph Conrad--Heart of Darkness
Ngugi wa Thiong'o--excerpts from Decolonising the Mind
Chinua Achebe--Things Fall Apart
Wole Soyinka--Death and the King's Horseman
Derek Walcott--See below
Aime Cesaire--A Tempest (I know, not Anglophone, but responding to Shakespeare, so I might just fudge it)
Jean Rhys--Wide Sargasso Sea
Salman Rushdie--See Below
Arundhati Roy--The God of Small Things
Zadie Smith--White Teeth
A film: Stephen Frears/ Hanif Kureishi--See below
So, here's where I need your help, feedback, advice: For Walcott: Pantomime? or Omeros?
For Rushdie: Midnight's Children? Haroun? Stories from East, West?
For the film at the end: My Beautiful Laundrette? Dirty Pretty Things?
Plus, I'm packed to the gills, so anything you think I could/ should cut? glaring omissions?
Pros? Cons? Unsubstantiated hunches?