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 have the knowledge and skills 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
Indicative AssessmentOne 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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
C.N. Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
Lloyd Jones, Mr Pip
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