Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module aims to introduce students to the diversity of literature produced in postcolonial contexts since the end of World War II. We will compare material from a number of formerly colonised regions - including Africa, the Middle East, America, and the Caribbean - and explore how postcolonial texts relate to local cultural and historical experiences. The module is structured around some of the most highly charged issues tackled by postcolonial artists: cultural identity and nationhood; race, gender, and the body; slavery; globalisation; migration; diaspora; and war. As we address these, we will look at ways of applying the exciting and challenging ideas raised by postcolonial theory, and consider how world literature is consumed in a global marketplace. The module covers a wide range of texts including fiction, critical essays, drama, and film, and will examine postcolonial writers' innovative reconfigurations of form and genre.Example of Primary Reading Gillo Pontecorvo (dir.) The Battle of Algiers (1966) [film]Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) [novel]Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987) [novel]Brian Friel, Translations (1980) [play]Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958) [short novel] / Rolf de Heer (dir.) Ten Canoes (2006) [film]Zoe Wicomb, Playing in the Light (2006) [novel]Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (1988) [novel]Laila Lalami, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (2005) [novel]Ari Folman (dir.) Waltz with Bashir (2008) [film]
&· To introduce students to critical issues in postcolonial literary and cultural production, post-World War II.&· To relate postcolonial texts both to their cultural and historical contexts and to global markets in which they circulate.&· To enable students to apply postcolonial theory to global literary and cultural texts.
Intended Learning Outcomes
appraise and critique postcolonial and world literary texts in light of their cultural and historical contexts: 1,2carry out independent research, synthesize research findings, and present this in extended written form: 1,2engage in close critical analysis of literary texts: 1,2devise, develop, construct, and sustain an argument in written work: 1,2utilise and analyse postcolonial theory in relation to postcolonial literary and cultural studies: 1,2
24: Tutorials75: Reading and tutorial preparation20: Essay 1 research and writing30: Essay 2 research and writing1: Personal contact and feedback
1: Essay weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
2,500 word assessmentStudents will analyse one postcolonial fictional extract from a choice of 2-3 in light of postcolonial theory.2: Essay weighted 70%
3,500 word essayStudents will write a critical essay in response to a list of 8-10 questions. The essay will require students to reflect on aspects of postcolonial theory and apply them to a selected text. They must not repeat material from the short paper.