Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007100

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
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 the module students are expected to have •very good knowledge of the novels discussed •sufficient knowledge of the history of British colonialism of the 18th and 19th centuries •some knowledge of contemporary postcolonial theories •gained insights into the mutually interactive relationship which exists between literary texts and their cultural and historical contexts
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
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • 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 is a third-year module which discusses the ways in which recent postcolonial writers have re-written key texts of the English literary canon. The aim is to explore the unspoken assumptions concerning racial and cultural difference which inform and shape the production and the critical reception of selected 18th- and 19th-century novels in Britain. Emphasis is placed on the postcolonial re-readings which unmask the (textual and ideological) processes whereby racist and xenophobic discourses become naturalised and invisible in the eyes of readers. The novels to be studied in class are Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, J.M. Coetzee’s Foe, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea
postcolonial theory; postcolonial literature; revision; race; colonialism; postmodernism
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
I use power point presentations and audiovisual material in teaching. I also use the E-Lerarning platform to set up interactive exercises in a virtual environment for the students; to provide students with essential reading and audio-visual material; to provide students with links to sites and online networks related to the concerns and aims of this module; to make student presentations available to the whole class; to check the students' written work for plagiarism; to communicate with students.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment50.2
Written assigments50.2
Student Assessment
Evaluation is by presentation, home-essay and final exam (optional; 50% + 50%), or by final exam only.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Essential Reading Bronte, Charlote. Jane Eyre. Ed. Q. D. Leavis. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1966. Coetzee, J. M. . Foe. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1986. Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. Ed. and Intro. J. Donald Crowley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972. hooks, bell . ‘Postmodern Blackness’. Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory: A Reader. Ed. Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993. Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. Ed. Angela Smith. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1997. Said, Edward. Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient (Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1991), 1-28. Bibliography Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin. The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-colonial Literatures. London: Routledge, 1989. (PR9080.A85) Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin. The Post-colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 2006. (PR9080.P57) Boehmer, Elleke. Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Bolt, Christine. “Race and the Victorians.” British Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century. Ed. C. C. Eldridge. London: Macmillan, 1984. (*) Childs, Peter. “Introduction: Colonial History, National Identity and ‘English’ Literature.” Post-Colonial Theory and English Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999. 1-31. (PR25.P66) Jordan, Winthrop D. “First Impressions: Initial English confrontations with Africans.” “Race” in Britain: Continuity and Change. Ed. Charles Husband. London: Hutchisnson, 1982. (*) Lazarus, Neil. The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies. Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. (JV51.C36) Kabani, Rana. Imperial Fictions: Europe’s Myths of Orient. London: Pandora, 1994. Said, Edward. Culture and Imperialism. London: Vintage, 1994 (especially the introduction). Daniel Defoe Childs, Peter. “Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe.” Post-Colonial Theory and English Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999. 99-142. (PR25.P66) Donoghue, Frank. “Inevitable Politics: Rulership and Identity in Robinson Crusoe.” Studies in the Novel 27.1 (Spring 1995): 1-11. (*) Hulme, Peter. “Robinson Crusoe and Friday.” Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797. London and New York: Routledge, 1992. 176-222. (F1619.3.G68H85) Rogers, Pat. Robinson Crusoe. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1979. 1-50. (*) Seidel, Michael. Robinson Crusoe: Island Myths and the Novel. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991. ix-23. Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. London: Chatto & Windus, 1963.
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