ENG3321 - Postcolonialism: the Step-Mother Tongue

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The dramatic political and ideological changes in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries upset the order of the old world and have given a new definition to the traditional notion of culture and identity. Postcolonialism, as a postmodern paradigm, offers an alternative delineation to the geo-literary composition. The module aims to survey the postcolonial canons of both national and regional literatures since the post-war period: the Anglophone literatures From Britain, South Asia and the Caribbean. The module will guide students through the consideration of themes such as the problematic nationalism, and the intersecting constructs of history, race, ethnicity, gender which inflect postcolonial identities. Students will be introduced to the relevant aesthetic, generic, ideological and literary-historical strategies for studying formal and thematic transformation in twentieth- and twenty-first- century English literature in the wider and more diverse cultural contexts.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a capacity to identify, discuss and apply relevant critical and theoretical concepts and terms pertaining to postcolonialism, and to relate them to their appropriate cultural and literary-historical contexts;

  2. demonstrate a basic knowledge and ability to identify and distinguish formal aspects as well as the literary, political and cultural contexts for the selected literary texts from across regions and cultures, and to apply the knowledge to interpretation of them;

  3. acquire a basic awareness and the ability to pinpoint, analyse and debate the key social, cultural and political issues of the range of literary texts chosen, in relation to postcolonial study in order to understand the intersecting impulses, priorities and characteristics of any given sub-categories of Anglophone literatures;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating a sustained and informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.