An introduction to creative writing in English from countries formerly colonised by Britain. The course explores recent literary fiction, within the context of local histories, politics and cultural patterns, and their relations and reactions to colonial and neo-colonial forces. Students will also be introduced to recent theoretical approaches to understanding postcoloniality, and will gain a better insight into how these issues relate to Australia's own history of colonialism. The countries or regions to be examined in some depth may vary from year to year; the conception of the unit will not, however, be affected by such variations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify key questions, authors, and literary forms in postcolonial literature
- Think critically about these texts in relation to postcolonial theory
- Situate these works in their larger cultural contexts
- Develop interpretative skills of close reading
- Offer nuanced interpretations, articulate coherent arguments, and develop research skills through your written essays
- Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.
One 1,500 word essay (30%) and either a final two-hour examination or a 2,500-word essay (40%) (LO 1-5)
1000 word critical analysis (20%) (LO4)
Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 2,4,5)
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130 hours across the semester, comprised of 2 hours of lecture and 1 x hour tutorial, plus 7 hours of associated study each week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Salman Rushdie, The Moor's Last Sigh
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
J. M Coetzee, Disgrace
Amitav Ghosh, River of Smoke
Tayib Salih Season of Migration to the North
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|18 Jul 2016
|29 Jul 2016
|31 Aug 2016
|28 Oct 2016