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EN5603   Literature and Culture from the Colonial to the Postcolonial

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: To be arranged

This first semester module traces the global sweep of literary and cultural histories that have shaped the field of postcolonial studies. Reaching across a wide historical period from eighteenth and nineteenth century imperialism and empire, through post-war decolonisation and independence, this module aims to enhance students' understanding of the literary texts, films and cultural products that are the subject of postcolonial critique. Students will study works drawn from across Africa, the Caribbean, India, Ireland, as well as from the former centres of imperial power. Topics and areas of study may include: orientalism; 18th century and empire; 19th century colonial writers; modernism and empire; surrealism; negritude; literatures of independence; Goethe and world literature.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1.5-hour seminar (x 9 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 13

Guided independent study hours: 186

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: One new submission equivalent in length and nature to the failed piece of coursework.  The piece submitted for reassessment must be entirely new work.


Module coordinator: Dr A Raychaudhuri
Module teaching staff: Team taught
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