Postcolonial Writing - ENGL5830

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Maria Ridda checkmark-circle


This 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.


Contact hours

Private Study: 268
Contact Hours: 32
Total: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Essay 1 3,000 words 40%
Essay 2 3,000 words 40%
Seminar participation 20%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (4,500 words)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Understand the relevance of postcolonial writing in relation to politics, history, culture (national belonging, immigration, gender)
2 Understand the historical and political contexts of the texts in order to identify how postcolonial literature can influence the contemporary world
3 Understand the different instances of domination through the intersections of colonialism, decolonisation and global capitalism
4 Understand how the term postcolonialism can be extended to a number of contexts

The intended generic learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:
1. Apply close reading techniques to a range of literary texts and to make complex comparisons between them.
2 Develop their ability to communicate and present information, arguments, and analysis effectively using a variety of methods.
3 Demonstrate an increased capacity for self-directed research and the ability to discuss, evaluate and creatively deploy secondary critical and theoretical perspectives.
4 Demonstrate an ability to construct original, articulate and well-substantiated arguments.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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