Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
WL20020
Module Title
Postcolonial Identities: Indian and Caribbean Literatures
Academic Year
2020/2021
Co-ordinator
Semester
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion

Learning Outcomes

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

1 demonstrate knowledge of the Indian novel and a range of Caribbean writing

2 demonstrate critical and interpretative skills appropriate to Level 2 and deploy an appropriate critical vocabulary

3 demonstrate critically issues of literary language, form and genre in the primary literature, and relate this understanding to theoretical debates concerning postcolonialism

4 demonstrate a good understanding of the relationship between literary texts and the cultural, historical and geographical contexts in which they have been produced

5 demonstrate continuing development of the skills of researching and delivering essay assignments and examination responses

Brief description

This module expands students? understanding of the range of world literatures in English by focusing on postcolonial environments, cultures and literatures. A range of key narratives from Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Australasia and the Caribbean are considered via a set of critical issues, including diaspora and cultural identity, rewriting the nation, and the notion of `writing back?. The module covers novels, memoirs, poems, plays and critical interventions by postcolonial authors from India, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Australia, and the Caribbean.

Content

LECTURES
Section One: The Indian Novel
1. Postcolonial Identities: Indian and Caribbean Writing ? An Introduction
2. The Indian Novel: A Brief Critical Introduction
3. Raja Rao, Kanthapura I: Towards Independence
4. Kanthapura II: Forging the Indian Nation
5. Critical Debates in Postcolonial Literature I: Representing Colonialism
6. Arundhati Roy,The God of Small Things I: The Indian Tradition of Committed Writing
7. The God of Small Things I: The Meanings of Class and Caste
8. Critical Debates in Postcolonial Literature II: Nation and Narration
9. Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger I: Writing the New India
10. The White Tiger II: Class and Caste in the 21st Century

Section Two: Caribbean Writing
11. Postcolonial Caribbean Writing: A Brief Critical Introduction
12. V. S. Naipul, The Mimic Men I: Journeying from the Margin to the Centre
13. The Mimic Men II: The Politics of Mimicry
14. Critical Debates in Postcolonial Literature III: Myth and History
15. Derek Walcott, Collected Poems I: Legacies of Imperialism
16. Collected Poems II: The Meanings of 'Home' in Walcott's Poetry
17. Critical Debates in Postcolonial Literature IV: The Local and the Global
18. Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place I: Antigua and Authorial Exile
19. A Small Place II: The Politics of International Tourism
20. Conclusion: World Literatures in the 21st Century

Seminar Topics
1. Postcolonial Identities: Indian and Caribbean Writing ? A Critical Orientation

Section One: The Indian Novel

Raja Rao: The Novel and the Struggle for Indian Independence
2. Raja Rao, Kanthapura (1938)

Critical Debates in Postcolonial Theory: The Indian Novel
3. Selected critical essays (accessible via LION and/or Jstor)

Arundhati Roy: Class and Caste in India
4. Arundhati Roy,The God of Small Things (1997)

Aravind Adiga: India in the Age of Globalisation
5. Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger (2008)

Section Two: Postcolonial Caribbean Writing

Critical Debates in Postcolonial Theory: Caribbean Writing
6. Selected critical essays (accessible via LION and/or Jstor)

V. S. Naipul: Journeying from the Margin to the Centre
7. V. S. Naipul, The Mimic Men (1967)

Derek Walcott: Aesthetics and Politics in Postcolonial Caribbean Writing
8-9. Derek Walcott, Collected Poems (1986)

Jamaica Kincaid: Writing Antigua
10. Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place (1988)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Written assignments and in seminar discussion and group presentations
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent research and reading
Information Technology In the preparation of written work and via e-resources such as LION and JSTOR
Personal Development and Career planning Through critical self-reflection and the development of transferable research skills
Problem solving Producing theoretically aware analysis of postcolonial texts and by formulating a detailed critical argument
Research skills Identifying and exploring appropriate secondary materials in the preparation of written work and by synthesizing information in an evaluative argument.
Subject Specific Skills Analysis and exploration of literary texts and key literary and theoretical concepts
Team work During group work in seminars

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5