POSTCOLONIAL READING

ENG2PRE

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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.

SchoolSchool 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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENG2REM, ENG3REM, ENG3PRE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDisgracePrescribedCoetzee, J.RANDOM HOUSE
ReadingsFive bellsPrescribedJones, G.VINTAGE
ReadingsHeart of darknessPrescribedConrad, J.PENGUIN
ReadingsMrs DallowayPrescribedWoolf V.ANY EDITION
ReadingsThe aunt's storyPrescribedWhite, P.RANDOM HOUSE
ReadingsThings fall apartPrescribedAchebe, C.HEINEMANN
ReadingsVoyage in the darkPrescribedRhys, J.PENGUIN

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Development of critical and essay writing skills at second-year level

Activities:
Write clear and rigorous essays demonstrating critical skills appropriate to the year level
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Familiarity with research skills appropriate to the field suited to second-year level

Activities:
Write essays demonstrating familiarity with research skills appropriate to the field
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Understanding of key terms and concepts in postcolonial studies and modernist studies at second-year level

Activities:
Write essays and exercises demonstrating an understanding of key terms and concepts in postcolonial studies and modernist studies appropriate to the year level
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Understanding of the literary, cultural and historical contexts of the prescribed texts at second-year level

Activities:
Write essays and exercises demonstrating an understanding of the literary, cultural and historical contexts of the prescribed texts appropriate to the year level
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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