English and drama

Reading Post-Colonial Texts

Module code: Q3072
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module will introduce you to postcolonial studies and, in particular, to some of the ways in which the legacy of colonialism has affected writing and other forms of culture. By the end of the module, you will be familiar with most of the key issues raised in postcolonial discourse, and be able to summarize some of the key critical concepts involved in the field. You will also gain an understanding of the significance of postcolonial discourse as a way of thinking about cultural production, and be able to apply this understanding to the interpretation of some of the texts discussed on the module.

Module learning outcomes

  • A heightened sensitivity to different kinds of literary writing and to details of language.
  • A familiarity with a range of established and emergent critical positions in the field of postcolonial literature and theory.
  • A larger critical vocabulary for thinking, talking and writing about postcolonial literatures.
  • An enhanced capacity to compose ideas and arguments in clear and accurately presented critical prose.