Undergraduate Course: POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN LITERATURE IN PORTUGUESE (ELCH10064)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will introduce major topics in Lusophone African Literature and Culture from the colonial period (still under Portuguese rule) until Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique¿s independence between 1974 and 1975. A wide-ranging selection of novels and short stories will be studied in the context of historical and political events. Particular attention will be paid to the following themes: nation-building, colonialism and post-colonialism; race and regionalism; gender and sexuality; revolution and ideology. These topics will allow the student to think and write comparatively, and to combine detailed textual analysis with theoretical debate and a consideration of historical and cultural factors. Background information and relevant aspects of critical theory will be examined during seminars. The course runs for two hours per week for 11 weeks. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, seminar and student-led discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students must purchase copies of the set texts
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Not available for visiting students.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework 30%: 1x 2,000 word essay on a text/film from those studied on the course
Exam 70%: 1x 2-hour final degree exam, in which student will answer 2 from a choice of comparative essay questions.
||Students will be given online feedback on their assessed essays
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and trends in Lusophone-African cultural expression from the colonial period until independence and post-colonial times.
- Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the variety and diversity of Lusophone African culture as it is expressed in Literature.
- Students will be able to improve their skills of literary criticism and theoretical analysis.
- Students will be able to enhance their writing and presentation skills through a variety of techniques, from essay writing to seminar presentations.
Phillip rothwell (ed.), Re-evaluating Mozambique (Portuguese Literary and cultural Studies)
Phillip Rothwell (ed.) Remembering Angola (Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies)
Phillip Rothwell, A Postmodern Nationalist: Truth, Orality, and Gender in the work of Mia Couto
Ana Mafalda Leite, Hilary Owen, Rita Chaves, Livia Apa (eds) Narrating the Postcolonial Nation: Mapping Angola and Mozambique
Hilary Owen, Mother Africa, Father Marx
Patrick Chabal (ed.) Postcolonial Liteerrature of Lisophone Africa.
Patrick Chabal (ed.) A History of Postcolonial Lusophone Africa
Bill Ahscroft, The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-colonial Literatures
Bill Ahscroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin, Post-colonial Studies: the key concepts
Fernando Arenas, Lusophone Arica: Beyond Independence
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Raquel Ribeiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
|Course secretary||Miss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026