Undergraduate Course: Decolonization and the Novel (ENLI10206)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course facilitates a critical engagement with the novel's role in decolonization struggles and in particular traces the politics of writing in English for an international range of novelists with regard to specific dynamics in Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and ultimately contemporary Britain itself. The debilitations and enablements of writing in the language of one's supposed master will be considered. The course will also provide a theoretical analysis of key concepts in postcolonial criticism such as hybridity in gauging whether such positions are positive or negative conditions.
This course facilitates a critical engagement with the novel¿s role in decolonization struggles and in particular traces the politics of writing in English for an international range of novelists with regard to specific dynamics in Africa, and then the Caribbean and ultimately contemporary Britain itself. The debilitations and enablements of writing in the language of one¿s supposed master will be considered. Attention will be given to the social and ideological work undertaken by the novel in its history as a form, as well as to its usage in these decolonizing contexts. The course will also provide a theoretical analysis of key concepts in postcolonial criticism such as hybridity in gauging whether such positions are positive or negative conditions. In addition to affirming resistances within colonies themselves the course also concludes with an analysis of diasporic writing within Britain itself as voices from those former colonies begin to articulate themselves from the imperial metropoles or centres. The course will also question whether the idea of postcoloniality is itself a fiction in the context of the neo-imperialism of the global market and will trace the ambivalences that key writers harbour about moments of supposed national liberation. In resisting a stark binary between colonizer and colonized, the course considers the development of subaltern studies and addresses a series of displacements concerning race, ethnicity, gender and class and discusses how such interstices complicate one another yet also provide the terrain upon which oppositional and properly emancipatory identities may be constructed.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 coursework essay of 2,500 words (40%);
1 final essay up to 3000 words (60%)
|No Exam Information
| Students will gain an in depth knowledge of postcolonial fiction and will develop the necessary skills to analyse a range of decolonizing societies in their specificity and to garner an assured familiarity with key debates within postcolonial studies and theory.
Postcolonial Theory Introduction and readings (Frantz Fanon);
Africa Writes Back: Colonialism and Decolonization Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart; No Longer At Ease
Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
Ngugi wa Thiong¿o, Devil On the Cross
Gender, Displacement, Decolonization:
Bessie Head, A Question of Power
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
Ken Saro-Wiwa, Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English
George Lamming, In the Castle of My Skin
Jamaica Kincaid, The Autobiography of My Mother
Windrush, The Caribbean and Britain: Colonization in Reverse
Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners
Caryl Phillips, The Final Passage
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Numbers are limited to 15, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): autonomous learning group at times to be arranged.
|Keywords||ENLI10206 Decolonization Novel
|Course organiser||Dr Aaron Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3071
|Course secretary||Ms June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620