Academic Year: 2013-2014 Level of Study: 4th Year Course Lecturer



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Course Title: Modern and Postcolonial Literature

Academic Year: 2013-2014 Level of Study: 4th Year

Course Lecturer: Dr Muli Amaye

Course Co-ordinator:

  1. Course Description

The course will be in introduction to postcolonial literature. It will give an overview of literature produced in the former European colonies since their independence. This gives an overview of 20th/21st century literature, which explores the idea of national boundaries and fixed cultural identities.

The course will study of the major issues raised by post-colonial literary theory, including (but not limited to) questions of culture, nation, migration (diaspora), gender and the relationship between identity, narrative and literary canons.



  1. Objective of the Course

Students should:

  • Gain a basic understanding of postocolonial theories

  • Be able to discuss the core themes of postcolonial literatures

  • Be able to locate themes in contemporary fiction



  1. Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • critically reflect on the nature of the literature which is produced in former European colonies;

  • critically reflect on the specific issues raised by writers around the world whose work investigates fixed ideas of national, cultural, racial and religious categories;

  • critically reflect on the relationship between narrative and cultural identity, literary canons and cultural dominance

  • demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills through seminar discussions and coursework assignments;

  • critically reflect on post-colonial literary theory, including its key concepts and interventions



  1. Teaching and Learning Methods

The course will be delivered by a series of lectures followed by seminars to ensure that students have understood the material.

Lectures will offer insight into different aspects of modern and postcolonial literature and theory. Set texts will be read and critical discussion will take place in seminars to ensure understanding.



  1. Assessment:

Assessment will be split between seminar work, one essay and a final examination.

Seminar work 10%

January Essay 30%

Final Exam 60%



  1. Student Conduct and Behaviour



  1. Students should be punctual at class and in good time for the beginning of the lecture.

  2. Students are allowed to attend the lectures only 10 minutes after the start of the lecture.

  3. Cell phones should be switched off or on silent during lectures in classes.

  4. Students will show respect to each other at all times, this includes listening when others are talking and offering constructive feedback when required.

Course Content

WEEKS

SUBJECT TOPIC

01

Introduction to Postcolonial Theory and Literature

02

As above

03

The theory behind the literature overview

04

As above

05

As above

06

Themes – identity, language

07

Themes – diaspora, nation

08

Reading postcolonial literature

09

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

10

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

11

Setting assignment question

12

Language in postcolonial literature

13

Examining the text

14

Critical Reflections on the text

15

Essay due in

16

God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

17

God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

18

Writing in the diaspora

19

Home and Exile, Chinua Achebe

20

Home and Exile, Chinua Achebe

21

Small Island, Andrea Levy

22

Small Island, Andrea Levy

23

Revision of theory

24

Revision of Themes

25

Exam Preparation


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