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ENGL332 Postcolonial Literatures

Twentieth-century literatures in English from Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, England, New Zealand and the South Pacific, emphasising the forms of cultural encounter and response arising from colonial expansion and from contemporary contexts of travel and writing.

Some of the most innovative and challenging contemporary literature in English has been produced in response to the experience and legacies of British colonisation. This paper offers a selection of fictional and dramatic works in English by modern and contemporary writers from Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and South Asia. They present narrative responses to colonial encounters among peoples, traditions and ideas; the complex processes and effects of decolonisation; and the legacies of colonialism in contemporary individual and/or collective cultural experience. With reference to some of the key figures and essays in postcolonial theory, we focus readings of these fictional works on the ways that literature can creatively negotiate relations between politics, ethics and poetics across a variety of colonial and postcolonial contexts.

Paper title Postcolonial Literatures
Paper code ENGL332
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level ENGL points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
chris.prentice@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Chris Prentice
Lecturers: Associate Professor Chris Prentice, Dr Simone Drichel
Textbooks
  • Course Reader: Postcolonial Theory (Available from Print Shop)
  • Conrad, Joseph. Edited Knowles, O. & Hampson, R. Heart of Darkness & The Congo Diary (Penguin Classics)
  • Fugard, Athol. Statements (Theatre Communications)
  • Dangarembga, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions (The Women's Press)
  • Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy (Farrar Straus and Giroux
  • Atwood, Margaret. Bodily Harm (Vintage)
  • Frame, Janet. The Carpathians (Random House)
  • Sinha, Indra. Animal's People (Simon & Schuster)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper, you should be able to
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of themes and modes of expression in a selection of postcolonial literary works from a range of continents and countries
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some of the key theoretical concepts in analysis of colonial and postcolonial texts
  • Reflect on relationships between theme and literary/performative modes of expression in postcolonial fiction and drama
  • Critically evaluate how literary or performance texts intervene in wider cultural, social or political concerns
  • Demonstrate core research skills of
    • Reading for understanding and identifying the main points of an argument
    • Summarising a critic's argument in your own words
    • Drawing on your own wider literary and critical reading in the paper to respond to an argument
    • Correctly setting out references and quotations
  • Discuss your views, based on your reading and research findings, with others
  • Independently research a topic in postcolonial literary study and present your work in a coherently formulated and clearly expressed argument of your own
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week and a 1-hour tutorial on each text in the paper

Tutorials start in the second week of the semester.
Paper Structure
There are generally three or four 1-hour lectures per text (the two plays have two lectures each) and a 1-hour tutorial for each text. Although tutorials are specifically designed to focus on your participation, lectures also encourage you to engage actively in discussion and reflection.

Assessment consists of one 20% critical reading and response exercise of 1,500 words (to be submitted in the tutorial for the literary work it focuses on) and one 30% essay of 2,500 words. There is a 50% exam during the examination period.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-11, 13, 15, 18, 20-21
T2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10-11, 13, 15, 18, 20-21

Twentieth-century literatures in English from Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, England, New Zealand and the South Pacific, emphasising the forms of cultural encounter and response arising from colonial expansion and from contemporary contexts of travel and writing.

Some of the most innovative and challenging contemporary literature in English has been produced in response to the experience and legacies of British colonisation. This paper offers a selection of fictional and dramatic works in English by modern and contemporary writers from Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and South Asia. They present narrative responses to colonial encounters among peoples, traditions and ideas; the complex processes and effects of decolonisation; and the legacies of colonialism in contemporary individual and/or collective cultural experience. With reference to some of the key figures and essays in postcolonial theory, we focus readings of these fictional works on the ways that literature can creatively negotiate relations between politics, ethics and poetics across a variety of colonial and postcolonial contexts.

Paper title Postcolonial Literatures
Paper code ENGL332
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
18 200-level ENGL points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
chris.prentice@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Chris Prentice
Lecturers: Associate Professor Chris Prentice, Dr Simone Drichel
Paper Structure
There are generally three or four 1-hour lectures per text (the two plays have two lectures each) and a 1-hour tutorial for each text. Although tutorials are specifically designed to focus on your participation, there is also some opportunity in lectures for you to engage actively in discussion.

Assessment consists of:
  • one 20% essay proposal and
  • one 30% essay of 2,500 words.
  • there is a 50% exam during the examination period.
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week and a 1-hour tutorial on each text in the paper

Tutorials start in the second week of the semester.
Textbooks
  • Course Reader: Postcolonial Theory (Available from Print Shop)
  • Conrad, Joseph. Edited Knowles, O. & Hampson, R. Heart of Darkness & The Congo Diary (Penguin Classics)
  • Fugard, Athol. Statements (Theatre Communications)
  • Dangarembga, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions (The Women's Press)
  • Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy (Farrar Straus and Giroux
  • Atwood, Margaret. Bodily Harm (Vintage)
  • Frame, Janet. The Carpathians (Random House)
  • Sinha, Indra. Animal's People (Simon & Schuster)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper, you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of themes and modes of expression in a selection of postcolonial literary works from a range of continents and countries
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some of the key theoretical concepts in analysis of colonial and postcolonial texts
  • Reflect on relationships between theme and literary/performative modes of expression in postcolonial fiction and drama
  • Critically evaluate how literary or performance texts intervene in wider cultural, social or political concerns
  • Demonstrate core research skills of
    • Reading for understanding and identifying the main points of an argument
    • Summarising a critic's argument in your own words
    • Drawing on your own wider literary and critical reading in the paper to respond to an argument
    • Correctly setting out references and quotations
  • Discuss your views, based on your reading and research findings, with others
  • Independently research a topic in postcolonial literary study and present your work in a coherently formulated and clearly expressed argument of your own

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 11, 13, 15-16, 19, 21-22
T2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 11, 13, 15-16, 19, 21-22