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OverviewThe module raises students' awareness of contemporary issues in postcolonial writing, and the debates around them. This includes a selection of important postcolonial texts (which often happen to be major contemporary writing in English) and studies their narrative practice and their reading of contemporary culture. It focuses on issues such as the construction of historical narratives of nation, on identity and gender in the aftermath of globalisation and 'diaspora, and on the problems associated with creating a discourse about these texts.
This module appears in:
10 x 1-hour lectures and 10 x 2-hour seminars
Method of assessment
This module can be taken by standard coursework route or by dissertation. NB: students can only take ONE MODULE by dissertation in stage 3.
Module by standard coursework:
100% Coursework: two 3000 word essays 45% each, 10% seminar performance
Module by dissertation:
Assessment will be in the form of:
1) a 500-word dissertation proposal (formative assessment and non-marked)
2) a dissertation of 6000 words (90%)
3) seminar performance mark (in accordance with the criteria published in the School of English Undergraduate Handbook (10%)
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A Grain of Wheat (1967)
Salman Rushdie, Midnights Children (1981)
Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah (1987)
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (1988)
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things (1997)
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace (1999)
Achmat Dangor, Bitter Fruit (2001)
Abdulrazak Gurnah, By the Sea (2001)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (2013)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. identify the major concerns of contemporary postcolonial writing
2. understand their historical and cultural contexts
3. understand the significance of how these issues are narrated and resolved
The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:
1. an ability to apply close reading techniques to a range of literary texts and to make complex comparisons between them.
2. development of the skills necessary for participating in group discussions and giving oral presentations.
3. an increased capacity for self-directed research and the ability to discuss, evaluate and creatively deploy secondary critical and theoretical perspectives.
4. an ability to construct original, articulate and well-substantiated arguments.
In addition, students taking the module by dissertation will be able to:
5. marshal complex knowledge and present it clearly and logically in the substantive form of a dissertation