Colonial and Postcolonial Discourses - EN852

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
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This module introduces you to a wide range of colonial and postcolonial theoretical discourses. It focuses on the construction of the historical narrative of imperialism, psychology and culture of colonialism, nationalism and liberation struggles, and postcolonial theories of complicity and resistance. The module explores the benefits and problems derived from reading literature and culture by means of a postcolonial and postimperial lens. Through the study of crucial texts and events, both historical and current, the module analyses the birth of imperialist narratives and their complex consequences for the world today.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One two hour seminar per week

Method of assessment

100% coursework

Preliminary reading

Primary Texts
Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman, eds. – Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory: A Reader

Franz Fanon – The Wretched of the Earth and Black Skin, White Masks
Edward Said – Orientalism and The Question of Palestine
Gayatri Charavorty Spivak – The Spivak Reader and Other Asias
Stuart Hall – 'Cultural Identity and Diaspora'
Homi K. Bhabha – The Location of Culture

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

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