Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 1 x 2 hour seminar each week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

1 Demonstrate active knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches appropriate to the study of World Literatures

2 Employ various theoretical approaches in an evaluative analysis of literary texts

3 Demonstrate an awareness of the issues involved in theorising world literatures and reflect on their own critical practice

4 Demonstrate an ability to synthesise advanced concepts in an extended piece of critical writing

Brief description

This module provides students with the opportunity to apply a range of relevant theoretical approaches to the study of anglophone World Literatures in a number of genres. Building on the integration of text and literary theory introduced by the second-year core module, EN20120, Reading Theory, Reading Text 1, this module develops students' understanding of the relationship between theory and text through the application of a variety of theoretical readings to four literary texts, chosen by individual tutors from a larger 'pool', drawn from a range of national, cultural and regional literatures. Students will encounter a range of colonial and postcolonial experiences, and will address the issue of how we go about theorising world literatures in the age of globalisation. Four texts will be studied. At least three of the texts will be chosen by the individual tutor from a designated list of texts (see above); the fourth text may be the free choice of individual tutors.


Please note, this is an indicative list of texts only - details to be confirmed at a later date :

Murray Bail, Eucalyptus (1998)
Peter Carey, The History of the Kelly Gang (2000)
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children (1981)
Kamila Shamsie, Kartography (2002)
Anna Burns, No Bones (2002)
Iain Banks, The Bridge (1986)
Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956)
Brenda Chamberlain, Tide-race (1962)
V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River (1979)
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Petals of Blood (1977)
Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems (2006)
Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2007)
Alistair MacLeod, No Great Mischief (1999)

(Dates are those of first publication]

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication In written assignments and through seminar discussions and group presentations
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent research and reading
Information Technology Assignments will be word processed and students will be encouraged to use electronic scholarly resources
Personal Development and Career planning By critical self-reflection, conceptual thinking, and through the development of transferable research skills
Problem solving Developing theoretically informed, evaluative analysis and critical skills and by formulating and conducting a detailed argument
Research skills Relating literary theory to literary texts and contexts, and by synthesising information in an evaluative argument
Subject Specific Skills Detailed analysis of literary texts through various theoretical lenses, and evaluation of broad intellectual concepts
Team work Group work in seminars and presentations

Reading List

Recommended Text
Bail, Murray (1999) Eucalyptus The Harvill Press Primo search Banks, Iain (1992) The Bridge Abacus Primo search Brooks, Gwendolyn (2006) Selected Poems Harper Collins Primo search Carey, Peter (2004) The History of the Kelly Gang Faber & Faber Primo search Chamberlain, Brenda (1996) Tide-race Seren Primo search MacLeod, Alistair (1999) No Great Mischief Primo search McCarthy, Cormac (2007) The Road Picador Primo search Naipaul, V S (2002) A Bend in the River Picador Primo search Ngugi wa Thiong'o` (2002) Petals of Blood Penguin Primo search Rushdie, Salman (2008) Midnight's Children Vintage Primo search Selvon, Sam (2006) The Lonely Londoners Penguin Primo search Shamsie, Kamila (2003) Kartography Bloomsbury Primo search
Recommended Consultation
Ashcroft, Bill et al (1989) The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post Colonial Literatures Routledge Primo search Ashcroft, Bill et al (1995) The Post Colonial Studies Reader Routledge Primo search Bhabha, Homi K (1994) The Location of Culture Routledge Primo search Boehmer, Elleke (1995) Colonial and Postcolonial Literature Oxford University Press Primo search Childs, Peter and Williams, Patrick (1997) An Introduction to Post-Colonial Theory Harvester Wheatsheaf Primo search Gilroy, Paul (1993) The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Verso Primo search Loomba, Ania (1998) Colonialism/Postcolonialism Routledge Primo search McClintock, Anne (1995) Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in teh Colonial Context Routledge Primo search Moore-Gilbert, Bart (1997) Poscolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics Verson Primo search Parker, Michael and Starkey, Roger (eds) (1995) Postcolonial Literatures: Archebe, Ngugui, Desai, Walcott Macmillan Primo search White, Jonathan (ed) (1993) Recasting the World: Writing after Colonialism Johns Hopkins University Press Primo search Williams, Patrick and Chrisman, Laura (eds) (1993) Colonial Discourse and Post Colonial Theory Harvester Primo search Young, Robert (1995) Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race Routledge Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6