Post-colonial Literatures

Course Information
TitleΜετα-αποικιακρατικές Λογοτεχνίες / Post-colonial Literatures
CodeΛογ 565
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600003997


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Anglikés kai Amerikanikés SpoudésElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will have learned to engage with some of the diverse meanings and theories of the postcolonial to think critically about the role of literary representation in constructions of individual and collective identities to relate historical and literary insights to current issues shaping their everyday life
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course will offer students the opportunity to engage with the histories, cultural dynamics, legacies and new faces of empire and colonialism in postcolonial societies and literatures. It will introduce theoretical approaches and methodological tools that will encourage students to address the representations, meanings, practices and effects of the postcolonial in classical and contemporary literary writings from around the word. This will be carried out in a context that will encourage interdisciplinary exchange with developments in the fields of artistic and cultural production, media and film. Attention will be paid to a range of issues from race relations and multiculturalism to religious and national affiliations. The class aims to provide students with an understanding of the postcolonial and attendant terms such as imperialism, Orientalism or neo-colonialism; it will encourage students to see the imprint which colonial empires have left on literatures and societies over the centuries; it will train students to identify the interventions of the literary in the representational politics of (post)colonial community building
postcolonialism; literature; imperialism; culture; representation
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Student Assessment
Students will be evaluated on the basis of their oral work (such as participation in class discussions, engagement with the assigned reading material and possible presentations) and written work; they are required to submit a long research paper by the end of the semester.The marking criteria can be found on the course’s webpage.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso, 1991. Aschcroft, Bill. Edward Said: The Paradox of Identity. London: Routledge, 1999. (308/PN51.A86) Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin. Key Concepts in Postcolonial Studies. London: Routledge, 1998. (308/RefJV22.A84) Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin, eds. The Post-colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 2006. (PR9080.P57) Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture. London: Routledge, 1994. (208/PN761.H43). Bhabha, Homi, ed. Nation and Narration. London: Routledge, 1990. (208 + 308/PN56.N19N38) Caute, David. Fanon. London: Fontana, 1970. (308/G320.C37) Desai, Gaurav Gajanan and Supriya Nair, eds. Postcolonialisms: an Anthology of Cultural Theory and Criticism. New Brunscwick: Rudgers UP, 2005. (JV51.P633) Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1985. (308/DT33.F1313) --------Black Skin, White Masks. Trans. Charles Markham. New York: Grove Press, 1998. (308/GN645.F313) Gandhi, Leela. Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction. New York: Columbia UP, 1998. (308/JV51.G36) Harlow, Barbara and Mia Carter, ed. Imperialism and Orientalism: A Documentary Sourcebook. Oxford: Blackewell, 1999. (DS33.7.I45) Kabbani, Rana. Imperial Fictions: Europe’s Myths of Orient. London: Pandora, 1994. (308/DS35.7KJ2) Kennedy, Valerie. Edward Said: a Critical Introduction. Oxford: Polity Press and Blackwell, 2000. (308/CB18.S25K46) Landry, Donna and Gerald MacLean, ed. The Spivak Reader: Selected Works of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. New York: Routledge, 1996. (308/S7733) Lewis, Reina. Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation. Routledge, 1996. (308/NX650.E85L48) Lewis, Reina. Rethinking Orientalism: Women, travel, and the Ottoman Harem. New Brunscwick: Rudgers UP, 2004. Loomba, Ania. Colonialism/Postcolonialism. London: Routledge, 1998. (308/JV51.L66) Lopez, Alfred. Posts and Pasts: A Theory of Postcolonialism. Albany: SUNY, 2001. (PN98.P62L67) McClintock, Anne. Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Context. London: Routledge, 1995. (308/DA16.M37) Moore-Gilbert, Bart. Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics. London: Verso, 1997. (308/JV51.M65) Morton, Stephen. Gayatri Spivak: Ethics, Subalternity and the Critique of Postcolonial Reason. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007. Said Edward. Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1978. (308/DS12.S24) Said, Edward, Edward W., David Barsamian. Culture and Resistance: Conversations with Edward W. Said. London: Pluto Press, 2003. (CB18.S25A5) ------. Culture and Imperialism. Vintage Books, 1994. (PN761.S28) Weedon, Chris. Feminism, Theory and the Politics of Difference. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999. (HQ1190.W42) Williams, Patrick and Laura Chrisman, ed. Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory: a Reader. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993. (308/JV51.C73) Young, Robert J. White Mythologies: Writing History and the West. London: Routledge, 1990. (308/D16.8.Y67) -------. Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race. London: Routledge, 1995. (308/GN254.Y68) -------. Postcolonialism: an Historical Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001. (JV51.Y68)
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