Postcolonial Literature

Course code ENGL3430Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course focuses on modes of representation used in literature, written in English, by writers in colonised and post-colonised continents. By studying how twentieth century postcolonial writers have adapted literary modes of representation used by the colonisers, this course provides students with the opportunity to study the development of diasporic literatures and its use of humour, magic realism, biography and film to evaluate the relation of literary, cultural and historical contexts. Some key concepts of postcolonial literary theory will also be examined and discussed.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successfully completing the course, students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the range and purpose of post colonial literature and to engage in informed discussion of:
- cultural, social and historical contexts in colonised and post-colonised countries
- the concept of literary representation and modes of representation such as magic realism, social realism and mimeticism
- some methodologies appropriate to analyse the relation of colonised people in a postcolonial state.
ContentBy focusing on literature from post-colonial and colonial continents, this course explores the process of the transmission and adaptation of literary conventions of representation. It examines issues such as
1. the transmission and adaptation of conventions of written expression
2. the development of diasporic literary genres
3. the concept of representation
4. the political and cultural power of literature written in English
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of English courses at 1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2000 words, 40%
JournalA reflective journal, 2000 words, 40%
Other: (please specify)Oral Presentation, equivalent to 1000 words, 20%

Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term