EN6509 - Postcolonial Literature

Offering Academic Unit
Department of English
Credit Units
Course Duration
One semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2015/16

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course will focus on twentieth and twenty-first century postcolonial literatures in English, including texts from countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South and East Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Texts will be examined within their historical contexts, and discussions will address issues such as identity, literary form, notions of exile, hybridity, migration, and definitions of “nation.” The course will invite students to reflect on how the intersection of language and literature influences shifting cultural and social situations. By focusing on the interdisciplinary context of postcolonial literature, students will learn how literature functions in various societies, and will examine texts from creative and critical perspectives.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Response Papers: 40%
Presentation and Discussion: 20%
Final paper: 40%
Detailed Course Information


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