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 OutcomesUpon 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
- Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.
Essay One, 1,500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
Final Examination, two hours, OR Essay Two, 3,000-words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
1500 word critical analysis (20%) ([Learning Outcome 4, 6]
Tutorial participation (10%), [Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Indicative Reading List
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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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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