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Postgraduate Course: Postcolonial Settlers: migration and displacement in literature and film (ENLI11135)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will invite students to examine a range of literary texts and film, as well as writing by asylum seekers, and to consider what it means to belong in a world in which so many people are on the move. Key issues will include how identity is constructed and contested in displacement, particularly in relation to space, gender, narrative and memory, and also the relationship between migration and literary and cinematic form.

The course is divided into three sections. It begins with an introduction to postcolonial ¿migrant aesthetics¿, followed by three sessions which trace the development of post-war black British writing. Having established a critical understanding of postcolonial approaches to displacement, the course then focuses on asylum as a postcolonial issue. This section will take a more explicitly interdisciplinary focus, in which students will be encouraged to read the primary material in relation to, for example, film, recent UK asylum legislation and hospitality theory. The final three sessions concentrate on the figure of the postcolonial cosmopolitan and related questions of writing place, and the relationship between globally- and locally-oriented forms of belonging.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, through your contributions to group discussion, independent reading, and assessed and non-assessed work you will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the issues surrounding displacement, migration and asylum, and be able to place the primary texts in an appropriate historical and critical context;
- evaluate a range of key critical concepts relating to postcolonial theory, migrant aesthetics, and refugee/asylum discourse, and apply this critical knowledge to an analysis of the primary texts;
- work with interdisciplinary sources;
- read and discuss film using an appropriate critical vocabulary;
- reflect constructively on good learning practice;
- articulate how your own thinking about the key module issues has developed.
Assessment Information
1 x 4,000 word essay: 100%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Discussion of the primary texts will take place in conjunction with secondary material drawn from sociological and legal sources, critical theory, visual arts and the media; in this way, students will develop their skills as critical readers and their ability to work in an interdisciplinary context. Because reading film may be a new experience for some students, instruction in using the relevant critical vocabulary will be provided before each screening.
Syllabus 1. Introduction to postcolonial migrant aesthetics: Salman Rushdie, Shame (1983)
2. Writing black Britain 1: Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956)
3. Writing black Britain 2: Grace Nichols, The Fat Black Woman's Poems (1984) / selected Caribbean & black British poetry.
4. Writing black Britain 3: Hanif Kureihsi, The Black Album (1995)
5. Reading asylum contrapuntally: Asylum writing (Shahin Shafaei, Refugitive (2003), selected poetry) / Herman Melville, 'Bartleby' (1853)
6. Asylum on film 1: Pawel Pawlikowski (dir.), Last Resort (2000)
7. Asylum on film 2: Stephen Frears (dir.), Dirty Pretty Things (2001)
8. Postcolonial cosmopolitanism 1: Caryl Phillips, The Atlantic Sound (2000)
9. Postcolonial cosmopolitanism 2: Amitav Ghosh, The Shadow Lines (1988)
10. Postcolonial cosmopolitanism 3: Nadine Gordimer, The Pickup (2001)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Primary Texts
Salman Rushdie, Shame (1983)
Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956)
Grace Nichols, The Fat Black Woman's Poems (1984)
Hanif Kureihsi, The Black Album (1995)
Herman Melville, 'Bartleby', in Billy Budd and Other Stories (1853)
Pawel Pawlikowski (dir.), Last Resort (2000)
Stephen Frears (dir.), Dirty Pretty Things (2001)
Caryl Phillips, The Atlantic Sound (2000)
Amitav Ghosh, The Shadow Lines (1988)
Nadine Gordimer, The Pickup (2001)
Secondary Reading
Ahmed, Sara, Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-coloniality (Routledge, 2000).
Agier, Michel, On the Margins of the World: The Refugee Experience Today (Polity Press, 2008).
Bauman, Zygmunt, Globalization: The Human Consequences (Polity Press, 1998).
Bhabha, Homi, The Location of Culture (Routledge, 1994).
Butler, Judith, Precarious Lives: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (Verso, 2004).
Cheah, Pheng (ed.) Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling Beyond the Nation (Minnesota University Press, 1998).
De Certeau, Michel, The Practice of Everyday Living (University of California Press, 1984).
Derrida, Jacques, Of Hospitality (Stanford University Press, 2000).
Gibney, Matthew, The Ethics and Politics of Asylum (Cambridge, 2004).
Gilroy, Paul, After Empire: Melancholia or Convivial Culture (Routledge, 2004). ¿, The Black Atlantic (Verso, 1993).
Independent Asylum Commission, ¿Fit for Purpose Yet?: The Independent Asylum Commission¿s Interim Report¿ (2008):
Kureishi, Hanif, Dreaming and Scheming: Reflections on Writing and Politics (Faber, 2002).
Loomba, Ania, Colonialism/Postcolonialism (Routledge, 1998).
McLeod, John, Postcolonial London (Routledge, 2001).
Miller, J. Hillis, Versions of Pygmalion (Harvard University Press, 1990).
Phillips, Caryl, A New World Order (Vintage, 2001).
Procter, James, Writing black Britain, 1948-1998 (University of Manchester Press, 2000).
Rancière, Jacques, Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy (Minnesota University Press, 1999).
Rushdie, Salman, Imaginary Homelands (Granta, 2001).
¿, Step Across this Line (Vintage, 2003).
Said, Edward, Reflections on Exile (Granta, 2000).
San Juan, Jr., E., Beyond Postcolonial Theory (St. Martin¿s Press, 1998).
Wilson, Janet (ed.), Re-routing the Postcolonial: New Direction for the New Millennium (Routledge, 2010).
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr David Farrier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3607
Course secretaryMiss Natalie Carthy
Tel: (0131 6)50 6536
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