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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to postcolonial reading practice through the study of modernist writing in English. Modernism—a cluster of early twentieth-century experimental and avant-garde movements in literature and the arts—has been very influential in the institutionalisation of Western literary criticism and the histories of European canon-formation. Set texts by writers from a range of countries will be situated in the contexts of colonial and post-independence cultures and experiences of gender, race, class, sexuality, desire, ethnicity, nation and expatriation. Students examine the ways in which writers have negotiated and shaped modernist practices of representation, tensions between the narrative possibilities of modernism and realism, and the recent Western anthropological, psychological and philosophical theories which often informed modernist practices of representation.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Thomas

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first-year English or HUS1PWR


Incompatible subjects ENG2REM, ENG3REM, ENG3PRE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDisgrace,PrescribedCoetzee, J.RANDOM HOUSE
ReadingsFive BellsPrescribedJones, G.,VINTAGE
ReadingsHeart of darkness,PrescribedConrad, J.PENGUIN
ReadingsMrs DallowayPrescribedWoolfe V.,ANY EDITION
ReadingsThe aunt's story,PrescribedWhite, P.RANDOM HOUSE
ReadingsThings fall apart,PrescribedAchebe, C.HEINEMANN
ReadingsVoyage in the dark,PrescribedRhys, J.PENGUIN

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