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In this subject students examine examples of postcolonial literature, many of which also belong to the category of global literature. In addition to learning about the different cultural contexts from which the texts emerged, students learn about the different narrative techniques and styles that postcolonial writers use to address such important topics as slavery, interracial conflict and desire, cultural dispossession and disempowerment, racial discrimination, migration and exile, while also learning about theoretical concepts such as degeneration, Orientalism, nationalism, settler colonialism, neo-imperialism, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and globalisation.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- a deeper understanding of the importance of textual traditions in shaping responses to other places, peoples, culture;
- a knowledge and understanding of the social, political and cultural forces that have informed and shaped colonial, postcolonial and diasporic writing since the late-19 th century;
- develop a knowledge and appreciation of the subject matter, styles and narrative conventions used by colonial, postcolonial and diasporic writers, and how these writers have used the space of literature to comment on historical and contemporary social and moral issues; and
- gain and overview of key writers of postcolonial theory and their most significant concepts and critical insights.
On successful completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- the ability to apply new research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
- develop critical self-awareness and shape the capacity to persuasive arguments; and
- the ability to communicate arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and to others.
Last updated: 29 July 2022