Course module - Contemporary Post-colonial Fiction and Film
Code : ENGL30971 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 1
- To familiarise students with the growing body of world literatures in English from the commonwealth and beyond.
- To investigate the current use of the term ‘postcolonial’ and to reflect critically on its meaning and scope through a close look at key contributions to postcolonial theory.
- To examine issues that are inherent to postcolonial writing and film, such as national identity, political awareness, the role of gender and the implications of exile.
- To consider the experience of post-coloniality as represented in the texts and films studied alongside postcolonial theory.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
By the end of the course unit the successful student will have demonstrated:
- An awareness of the range of postcolonial writing and cinema and the diverse treatment of postcolonial themes
- An understanding of what constitutes a postcolonial work and the issues and problems this label can produce, particularly in relation to issues of identity and ideas of belonging.
- The ability to apply as well as to criticise postcolonial theory in its attempt to theorise the experience of post-coloniality.
- An appreciation of the wide range of texts that contribute to postcolonial discourse and a deployment of this in written and visual work.
One 3,500 word essay (50%); one 2-hour unseen written examination (50%)
The use of dictionaries in the examination is prohibited. This rule applies to all categories of students, including all Visiting Students.
THIS COURSE IS NOT AVAILABLE AS FREE CHOICE.
Week 1 - Introduction to the course
Week 2 – Kate Grenville, The Secret River
Week 3 - Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975)
Week 4 – Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971)
Week 5 – The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)
Week 6 – READING WEEK
Week 7 – Keri Hulme, The Bone People
Week 8 – Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, 1994)
Week 9 – Achmat Dangor, Bitter Fruit
Week 10 - Cry Freedom (Richard Attenborough, 1987)
Week 11 – Cry Freedom (Richard Attenborough, 1987)
Valassopoulos, Dr Anastasia
PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE FOR 2013-2014
lecture: Tuesday 3-4
group 1: Monday 11-1
group 2: Tuesday 11-1
One 2-hour seminar, plus one 1-hour tutorial per week.
Postcolonial Studies: The Key Concepts by Bill Ashcroft, The Post-Colonial Studies Reader Ed. Ashcroft, Griffiths, and Tiffin.. Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media.