Postcolonial Literature

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Postcolonial Literature

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 points from ENGL 201-299

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course considers the impact of British colonial expansion on the development of modern fiction, with a particular focus on novels written in the 20th century. The novels discussed represent a variety of different national literatures and are considered in the contexts of their historical and cultural production. Recent post-colonial debates provide the theoretical framework for discussion.

    Learning Objectives
    The course aims to:
    a) provide an overview of literary representations of aspects of the colonial project through the
    twentieth century, by writers of European and non-European descent;
    b) provide an introduction to some of the theoretical and critical issues relevant to postcolonial study of twentieth century fiction;
    c) develop the skills of attentive reading through close analysis and discussion in relation to the set novels;
    d) develop the skills of theoretical analysis and discussion in relation to the set novels and selected non-fictional writings;
    e) build on students? knowledge and appreciation of literature and provide the critical and analytical tools necessary for a progression to graduate studies.

    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1) become familiar with the thought, form, techniques and language of the set novels;
    2) gain an understanding of the general nature of twentieth century literature in relation to the social, cultural and theoretical contexts to which it belongs;
    3) develop skills in alert and informed reading, and in the oral and written processes of literary
    discussion, especially in critical analysis and evaluation in the form of reading reports and an
    extended essay at a level appropriate to graduates majoring in English Literature.

    four 600-word reading reports- 40%
    one 2000-word theoretic report- 25%
    one essay/ creative writing proposal- 5%
    2500-word essay OR creative writing piece- 30%

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