Postcolonial Perspectives: Literature through the Ages

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Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 14 January 2019
Friday 22 March 2019


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Module description

As a field, postcolonial studies often aims to unearth hidden and occluded narratives in source material guided by imperial or Eurocentric norms. In this way, postcolonial approaches can be vital in offering reparative or revisionist readings of history, literature and, ultimately, culture. At a surface level, postcolonial studies focuses on empires and colonies, conquerors and the conquered. Yet at a deeper level, postcolonial readings are often steered by a thorough analysis of social, racial and ethnic codes, all of which contribute to the ways that people and cultures have been categorized historically as ‘superior’, ‘inferior’, ‘subordinate’, ‘developed’ and ‘developing’.

In line with modern scholarship which examines colonial tropes both prior to and after Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, this half-module offers you the chance to study a range of colonial/postcolonial writing from different historical periods. It will introduce you to postcolonial literature and scholarship. It also interrogates postcolonial tools or frameworks for cultural and literary analysis. This half-module will prompt questions concerning how we might read ‘postcolonial’ themes in texts produced in pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial periods? How do ideas of empire, conquest and colonies affect cultural and literary studies? Can we adduce particular trends in certain historical periods or particular places in the world?

Module Aims:

To provide students with a critical overview of postcolonial literature, themes and the issues throughout different historical periods.
To introduce students to a variety of postcolonial methodologies, frameworks and topics.
To enhance analytical skills and self-expression, through research and writing.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete the module will be expected to:
Display a good knowledge of postcolonial literature taught on the course.
Demonstrate considerable critical awareness of postcolonial themes and methodological approaches.

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Module information

An opportunity to hand in a draft of an essay introduction and essay plan for formative assessment is offered in week 20. This formative assessment will not carry a module mark, but provides an opportunity for students to assess their performance on the module.

Fulfilment of requirements in a Humanities-based course at First Year (NQF 4) level is strongly recommended.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly lecture/presentation and 2-hour seminar Online learning resources will be available.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Participation     10% 
Coursework   Annotated bibliography    20% 
Coursework   Essay (3,000 words)    70% 
Exam  Main exam: 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jak Peake, email:
Dr Jak Peake, Dr James Canton, Dr Susan Oliver, Dr Deirdre Serjeantson
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Prof Duncan James Salkeld
University of Chichester
Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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