Jack, I. (Ed.). The view from Africa: Granta 92. London: Granta Publications, 2005
Postcolonial Literature and Language
This unit encourages students to examine their own speaking positions through engaging with the often conflicting theoretical positions provided by postcolonial discourses. It will draw upon a range of mostly contemporary texts written in or translated into English.
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate an awareness of the ambiguities and complexities of post-colonial discourse and the need to clarify their own speaking positions;
2. apply selected theoretical models and assumptions to texts drawn from diverse cultures, but written in or translated into English; and
3. identify and discuss issues related to post-colonial theory, including language, gender, appropriation, globalisation, nationalism, hybridity and diaspora.
1. Introduction to historical and social background relevant to the development of selected postcolonial literatures.
2. Study of selected works from different regions representative of particular cultural features, as well as reflective of thematic and technical development and variation.
3. Study of works from a single region, as well as between regions.
4. Application of appropriate theoretical models to selected texts and discussions of relevant issues in post-colonial literary theory.
Joseph Conrad. Heart of darkness Norton Critical Edition - Kimbrough, R. (Ed.). London/New York: W.W. Norton, 1988
Group project and presentation