BA Art History and English Literature

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Contemporary Post-Colonial Fiction and Film

Unit code ENGL30972
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by English and American Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This course aims to familiarise students with the growing body of world literatures in English from the commonwealth and beyond; to investigate the current use of the term ‘postcolonial’;  to reflect critically on its meaning and scope through a close look at key contributions to postcolonial theory; and to examine issues that are inherent to postcolonial writing and film, such as national identity, political awareness, the role of gender and the implications of exile.

Aims

  

  • To familiarise students with the growing body of world literatures in English from the commonwealth and beyond.

  • To investigate the current use of the term 'postcolonial' and to reflect critically on its meaning and scope through a close look at key contributions to postcolonial theory.

  • To examine issues that are inherent to postcolonial writing and film, such as national identity, political awareness, the role of gender and the implications of exile.

  • To consider the experience of post-coloniality as represented in the texts and films studied alongside postcolonial theory.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course unit the successful student will have demonstrated:
 

  • An awareness of the range of postcolonial writing and cinema and the diverse treatment of postcolonial themes

  • An understanding of what constitutes a postcolonial work and the issues and problems this label can produce, particularly in relation to issues of identity and ideas of belonging.

  • The ability to apply as well as to criticise postcolonial theory in its attempt to theorise the experience of post-coloniality.

  • An appreciation of the wide range of texts that contribute to postcolonial discourse and a deployment of this in written and visual work.

Syllabus

Please contact the course unit director to confirm specific texts for next year.

Kate Grenville, The Secret River

Picnic at Hanging Rock, directed by Peter Weir

Walkabout, directed by Nicolas Roeg

The Piano, directed by Jane Campion

Witi Imihaera, The Thrill of Falling: Stories

Once Were Warriors, directed by Lee Tamahori

Achmat Dangor, Bitter Fruit

Cry Freedom, directed by Richard Attenborough

District 9, directed by Neil Blomkamp

Teaching and learning methods

1 hour lecture per week + 2 hour seminar

Assessment methods

One 3000 word essay (50%)

One 2-hour exam (50%)

Recommended reading

 

Additional preparatory reading (any edition of the books below is fine):

 

Postcolonial Studies: The Key Concepts by Bill Ashcroft.

The Post-Colonial Studies Reader Ed. Ashcroft, Griffiths, and Tiffin.

Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media, Ella Shohat and Robert Stam.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 165

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Anastasia Valassopoulos Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Timetable for 2019/20:

Lecture: Mon 4pm - 5pm

Seminar 1: Tue 12pm - 2pm

Seminar 2: Fri 2pm -4pm

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