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EN5604   Postcolonial and World Literatures

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: To be arranged

Understood as a mapping of texts as they circulate globally and come into contact with diverse cultures and readerships, world literature criticism shares much in common with postcolonialism, yet it is a relationship that has received little attention to date. In tandem with the theoretical contexts studied on 'Approaches, Theories, Contexts 2' this module focuses on postcolonial literatures in the late 20th and 21st centuries. Exploring the work of contemporary writers, this module aims to map the dimensions of postcolonial and world literatures through a range of texts drawn from across the globe and which reflect on a new reality of transnationalism, globalisation and post-nationalism. Topics and writers studied may include contemporary Irish writing; globalisation and literature; postcolonial theatre; Roberto Bolano; J. M. Coetzee; Jhumpa Lahiri; Nadia Mohamed; and Irvine Welsh.

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 L M Burns
Module teaching staff: Team taught