OverviewThis 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:
Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300
Autumn term in 2019/20
Method of assessment
Assignment (5,000 words) – 100%
Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually
Any edition of the following:
Bhabha, Homi K. – The Location of Culture
Fanon, Franz – The Wretched of the Earth and Black Skin, White Masks
Hall, Stuart – Cultural Identity and Diaspora
Said, Edward – Orientalism and The Question of Palestine
Spivak, Gayatri Charavorty – The Spivak Reader and Other Asias
Williams, Patrick, and Laura Chrisman, eds. – Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory: A Reader
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Identify the main concerns of colonial and postcolonial discourse analysis, including critiques of imperialism and colonialism and the theorisation of liberation and decolonisation struggles.
2. Understand the role of culture in the expression of liberation struggles and in the articulation of identities.
3. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the works of key intellectuals in the field.
4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the historical contexts of colonial and postcolonial discourses.
5. Demonstrate an ability to apply close reading techniques to a diverse range of material.
6. Conduct self-directed research and demonstrate an ability to discuss, evaluate and creatively deploy critical and theoretical sources of relevance.
7. Construct original, articulate and well-substantiated arguments.
8. Identify and evaluate advanced research questions.