• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify key questions, authors, and literary forms in postcolonial literature
  2. Think critically about these texts in relation to postcolonial theory
  3. Situate these works in their larger cultural contexts
  4. Develop interpretative skills of close reading
  5. Offer nuanced interpretations, articulate coherent arguments, and develop research skills through your written essays

Indicative Assessment

One 1,500 word essay (40%) and either a final two-hour examination or a 2,500-word essay (50%) (LO 1-5)

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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of English (ENGL) or Gender (GEND) Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

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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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8844 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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