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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: