Literary and Cultural Analysis:
(Post-)Colonial Perspectives

Language of instruction

English

Prerequisites

Students are required to have passed an introductory module in literature at Bachelor-level. The level of English language skills required for this course should correspond to the level achieved on successful completion of the Language Skills and Culture introductory module.

Content

This module focuses on Anglophone literature as shaped by a centuries-long history of colonial expansion, oppression, and exchange, placing particular emphasis on postcolonial and/or transnational approaches to the study of literature (e.g. poetry in colonial America, the Canadian novel, an introduction to Liberian literature, the transatlantic slave trade in contemporary fiction and drama, etc.)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to: (a) outline the key theoretical concepts relevant to the topic of their course; (b) comment on - and position themselves within - major controversies surrounding these terms; (c) formulate sustained literary critical arguments that employ and engage with some of these core concepts; (d) write mid-length literary critical essays; (e) present the findings of their literary critical research and theoretical explorations in other formats (e.g. short input papers, posters, visual essays, short presentations, leading a class discussion, etc.); (f) engage in open and constructive academic debates with their peers; (g) list a number of useful techniques to read and understand difficult secondary texts.

Course(s) 

Seminar