Contemporary Postcolonial Writing - EN858

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.







The module aims to extend your awareness of contemporary issues in postcolonial writing, and the debates around them. The module includes a selection of important postcolonial texts (which often happen to be major contemporary writing in English) and studies their theorisations of contemporary culture and narrative practice. It focuses on issues such as the construction of historical narratives of nation, identity and gender in the aftermath of the globalisation of 'diaspora', institutional responses to these constructions, and the problems associated with creating a discourse about these texts.


Contact hours

One two hour seminar per week

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Assignment (5,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

Any edition of:

Sam Selvon (1956), The Lonely Londoners
Mourid Barghouti (1997), I Saw Ramallah
Jhumpa Lahiri (1999), Interpreter of Maladies
Thomas King (1999), Truth and Bright Water

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Identify the major concerns of contemporary postcolonial writing, including issues of racial, national and cultural identity, belonging and exile, indigeneity, diaspora and mass immigration
8.2 Understand the historical and cultural contexts underpinning narratives of post-colonial nation-building, decolonisation and apartheid
8.3 Interpret a range of formal and aesthetic features relating to the study of prose
8.4 Apply theoretical concepts (such as postcolonialism, postmodernism and feminism) to reading and analysis

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate an ability to apply close reading techniques to a range of literary texts and to make complex comparisons between them
9.2 Conduct self-directed research and demonstrate an ability to discuss, evaluate and creatively deploy secondary critical and theoretical perspectives
9.3 Construct original, articulate and well-substantiated arguments.

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