From Orientalism to Globalization: Debates in Postcolonial Studies (EASM128)

StaffDr Jane Poyner - Convenor
Dr Florian Stadtler - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level7
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to trace the political, social and cultural history of postcolonial theory and intellectual practice from colonial discourse analysis and Orientalism to current debates on the postcolonial environment and globalization. The module gives you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of the field of postcolonial studies through the study of foundational texts in postcolonial theory in dialogue with a selection of postcolonial literatures. The module considers the role of writers and intellectuals in relation to these debates and the problems this role might engender. The module aims to expose and challenge paradigms of colonialism, highlight the forging and subsequent critique of the newly independent, ‘postcolonial’ state, engage with representations of marginality, expressions of literary commitment and critiques of national reconciliation and ‘globalisation’. The module also aims to establish the links between these key debates and literary form. Regions covered by the module may include Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. The module will provide methodological training in working across disciplines, in a critical engagement with postcolonial theory and works of literature, and in using bibliographic and electronic resources.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Gain an advanced knowledge and awareness of the contexts (cultural, political, intellectual, historical, social, economic) that have informed postcolonial studies as well as the complex debates surrounding the politicisation of the act of writing and intellectual practice as they have emerged in twentieth-century colonial and postcolonial literatures.
  • 2. Develop an advanced understanding in the diverse field of postcolonial theory and be able to apply this to a range of literature and film.
  • 3. Be able to analyse and critique at an advanced level the varied genres produced within the disparate field of postcolonial studies and to recognise the significance of these in terms of the ethico-politics of writing.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Be able to devise, research and execute a sustained independent research project.
  • 5. Be able to identify the links between the contexts of works of literature and the mode in which these texts are presented.
  • 6. Develop advanced skills in critical and theoretical thinking that apply beyond the subject, particularly to the fields of critical theory and intellectual history.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Develop public speaking and communication skills through leading seminar discussion and giving group presentations.
  • 8. Develop advanced skills in academic writing as well as personal organisation and time-management through written assessment and assignments.

Syllabus plan

1: Introducing Postcolonial Studies

2: Theorising the Colonial Encounter: Orientalism and Colonial Discourse Analysis

3: Anti-Colonial Nationalism and Neo-Colonialism

4: Researching Postcolonial Studies

5: Marginal Voices, Subalternity and the Limits of Representation

6-7: The Question of National Unity

8: The Politics and Aesthetics of Literary Commitment

9-10: Globalization and Its Discontents

11: New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
222780

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Seminars
Guided independent study20Study group preparation and meetings
GuiGuided independent studyded Independent90Seminar Preparation
Guided IndeGuided independent studypendent168Reading, research and essay preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay Plan1000 words1-6, 8Tutorial follow up

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research Report252500 word1-6, 8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Essay755000 word1-6, 8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
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Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research ReportResearch Report1-6, 8Referral/Deferral Period
EssayEssay1-6, 8Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Research Report                  25%       2500 word

Essay                                   75%       5000 word

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Literature

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

J. M. Coetzee, The Life & Times of Michael K.

Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss

Nadine Gordimer, The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics and Places

Mohsin Hamid, How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Earl Lovelace, The Dragon Can’t Dance

Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

 

Critical Conceptual works:

Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture

Timothy Brennan, “From Development to Globalization: Postcolonial Studies and Globalization Theory”

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

Stuart Hall, “Cultural Identity and Diaspora”

Neil Lazarus, The Postcolonial Unconscious

Neil Lazarus, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies

Benita Parry, Postcolonial Studies: A Materialist Critique

Edward Said, Orientalism

Gayatri Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?”

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Available as distance learning?

No

Last revision date

30/04/2017

Key words search

Colonialism, postcolonialism, neo-colonialism, globalisation, postcolonial literatures, postcolonial, world and global literary theory