|Delivery length / details
|10 x 2 Hour Seminars
|Assessment length / details
|Assignment 1 1 x 2500 word essay
|6 Hours Oral Examination 1 x 30 minute group oral presentation
|Resubmit Assignment 1 Resubmit failed or missed essay (2500 words)
|Resit Oral Examination Submit the Oral presentation on powerpoint slides along with a written commentary
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of postcolonial literature from Africa and India
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts in which postcolonial texts are created
3. Demonstrate an understanding of critical debates pertinent to the study of postcolonial texts
4. Apply a nuanced understanding of postcolonial texts in completing module assignments
The module will provide students with the opportunity to engage with four leading works of Anglophone world literature and to analyse these txts through the lens of an appropriate range of postcolonial literary criticism. It build on the skills learned in Part One and Part Two literary modules by requiring students to take a theoretical approach to the study of African and Indian literature.
This module will allow students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of literature by studying some of the most vibrant examples of international Anglophone writing in the twentieth century. The first half of the module focuses on two novels that dramatise the rising momentum of Indian independence (Raja Rao’s Kanthapura (1938). The second half of the module moves critical attention to novels set in post-independence Zimbabwe (Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions) and India (Arundati Roy’s The God of Small Things). Students will examine the ways in which these novels engage the legacies of empire and colonialism; represent challenges to colonial authority and movements towards independence; and explore complex issues of power and identity in the postcolonial period. The authors’ use of English – historically the language of cultural imperialism – will also be assessed. In tandem with their reading of the primary texts, students are required to engage with a range of postcolonial literary criticism.
Colonial?’, and Gayatri Spivak, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’.
2 Week 2 & 3 Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
3 Week 4 & 5 Raja Rao, Kanthapura
4 Week 6: Critical debates in Postcolonial literary studies. Using critical essays drawn from: Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture; Franz Fanon, Black
Skin, White Masks; Vijay Mishra and Bob Hodge, “What is Post(-) Colonialism?”; Chandra Talpade Mohanty, ‘Under Western Eyes’; and Edward Said,
5 Weeks 7 & 8: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
6 Weeks 9 & 10: Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
|Application of Number
|Written assignments and oral in seminar discussion and group presentations.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Through independent reading and research; developing and refining new writing techniques.
|Preparation of written work and via e-resources such as LION and JSTOR.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Through critical self-reflection; transferable communication and research skills.
|By producing theoretically aware analysis of postcolonial texts and by formulating a detailed critical argument.
|By 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.
|Collaboration in seminars and oral presentations.
This module is at CQFW Level 6