Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Theories of Literature 4: Postcolonialism

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit aims to introduce students to some of the fundamental texts in postcolonialist literary criticism.

The study-unit focuses on theories of the postcolonial that have developed in Commonwealth and other countries in response to local situations. Attention will be focused on theories that apply mainly to exploitation colonies and to others that appear more relevant to the literature of settler colonies. These two strands will be shown to have a bearing on postcolonial criticism in general.

The theories highlighted in this study-unit will be applied to literature covered in study-units in postcolonialist fiction.

Reading List:

Ashcroft, Bill et al, eds., The Post-Colonial Studies Reader (London: Routledge, 1997)

Bhabha, Homi, “Signs taken for wonders : questions of ambivalence and authority under a tree outside Delhi May 1817,” in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader

Fanon, Frantz, ‘The Pitfalls of National Consciousness’, in The Wretched of the Earth (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967). ‘The Negro and Language’, “The Fact of Blackness’, in Black Skin, White Masks (Ann Arbor: Pluto Classics, 1986)

Mannoni, Octave, ‘Dependence’ and ‘Inferiority’ in Prospero and Caliban: The Psychology of Colonization (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990)

Memmi, Albert, The Colonizer and the Colonized (London: Earthscan Publications, 1965)

Padmini, Mongia, Contemporary Postcolonial Theory, A Reader (London: Arnold, 1996)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o “Literature and Society” and “Return to the Roots” “A Novel in Politics” in Writers in Politics: a re-engagement with issues of Literature & Society (Oxford: James Currey, 1997)

Said, Edward, ‘Orientalism’ in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader (London: Routledge, 1995)

Spivak, Gayatri, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’ (1985) in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Stella Borg Barthet

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