Decolonising the Curriculum: Literature and Theory of the Global South (Q3309)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module is due to run for the first time in the spring term of 2021. it is listed here for students entering the English Literature degree or one of its joints honours degrees from the entry year of 2018

From the outset of the twenty-first century, many have suggested that postcolonial studies are, if not exactly dead, in a state of terminal decline. This module takes such conceptual obituaries as its starting point. This allows us to consider how and why literature and more critical interventions from what has been called the Global South interrogates some of the founding tenets of contemporary theory.

We look at a range of writers, visual artists and performers across an eclectic array of genres, spanning poetry, drama, the short story, film, music, social media and the novel, to explore how they are remapping the preoccupations of seminal thinkers including Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, Homi Bhabha, James Clifford, Arjun Appadurai and Achille Mbembe, amongst others.

As its title also indicates, the module is centrally concerned with ongoing pedagogical debates surrounding various decolonising ‘gestures’ and/or ‘agendas.’ By engaging more carefully with cultural and theoretical production from the Global South, rather than merely on it, we consider how these preoccupations are inflected differently in specific educational and institutional contexts.

Teaching

50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar

Assessment

100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 44 hours of contact time and 256 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.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: