Reading Post-Colonial Texts (Q3072)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

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'll be familiar with most of the key theoretical, methodological, historical and ideological issues raised in postcolonial discourse. You'll be able to summarise some of the key critical concepts involved in the field, from ‘hybridity’ to ‘liminality’ and ‘spectrality.’ You also gain an understanding of the significance of postcolonial discourse as a way of thinking about cultural production, circulation and reception, and be able to apply this understanding to the interpretation of the texts discussed on the module.

Some of the topics and issues raised by the module include travel, difference, language, diaspora, violence, resistance, gender, sexuality, memory, haunting, intertextuality, canonicity, orality, nationalism, belonging, indigeneity, ‘race’, ecocriticism, the touristic, ‘native’, globality, and solidarity.

Writers may include Jean Rhys, Shani Mootoo, Abdulrazak Gurnah, J.M. Coetzee, Assia Djebar, Mourid Barghouti and NoViolet Bulawayo.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 126 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.