Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. cultural, social and historical contexts in colonised and post-colonised countries

2. the concept of literary representation and modes of representation such as magic realism, social realism and mimeticism

3. some methodologies appropriate to analyse the relation of colonised people in a postcolonial state


By 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

Assumed knowledge

20 units of English courses at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Journal: Reflective Journal

Presentation: Oral Presentation