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Postgraduate Course: Neo-imperialisms (ENLI11137)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAccording to Michel Agier, "the world today is confronted with the sustained evidence of precarious lives." This course will look at various ways in which life is made fragile and precarious by what might be called the newimperialisms of the contemporary globalized world - the war on terror and the reassertion of national boundaries; economic unevenness and resource extractivism; the legacies of race-thinking; and the climate emergency.
Course description 1. Introduction
2. Stories from Iraq: Hassan Blasim, ¿The Reality and the Record¿ / extract from Ahmed Saadawi, Frankenstein in Baghdad / Phil Klay, ¿Money as a Weapons System¿
3. Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
4. Ivan Vladislavic, Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked
5. Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
6. Australian asylum theatre: Karen Therese, Tribunal / Version 1.0, CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident) / Shahin Shafaei, Refugitive
7. Mahasweta Devi, ¿Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay, and Pirtha¿
8. Poems from the nuclear Pacific: Poems by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner & Craig Santos Perez

9. Petrofictions: Nawal El-Saadawi, Love in the Kingdom of Oil / Warren Cariou, ¿An Athabasca Story¿ / China Mieville, ¿Covehithe¿
10. Jeff Vander Meer, Annihilation
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Articulate (in written and oral forms) a considered, informed sense of the breadth and range of postcolonial writing, theory and contexts
  2. Evaluate a range of key concepts in postcolonial studies, particularly in terms of their relevance to current neo-imperial contexts and their application to the primary texts;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work with interdisciplinary material in addition to literature and film, such as theoretical, historical and sociological sources
  4. Reflect constructively on good learning practice.
Reading List
Some material will be available on the course learn page; students should ensure they also have access to the following:
Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
Ivan Vladislavic, Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
Nawal El-Saadawi, Love in the Kingdom of Oil
Jeff Vander Meer, Annihilation
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr David Farrier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3607
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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