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EN938 - Postcolonial Theory

  • Module code: EN938
  • Module name: Postcolonial Theory
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 20, 30, 36, 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed to offer an introduction to advanced study in the field of postcolonial literary studies. Assuming some familiarity (however limited) with some of the best-known works in the ‘postcolonial’ literary corpus (e.g., Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children or Edward W. Said’s critical writings).

Principal learning outcomes

it aims: i. to give students both a broad understanding of and a stake or investment in key conceptual, theoretical and methodological debates in the postcolonial studies field (e.g. over Marxism and post-structuralism, subalternity and representation; nationalism and feminism; imperialism, globalisation, and ‘tricontinentalism’); ii. to situate these debates institutionally, by thinking about them in relation to developments in academic work in fields and disciplines (e.g. history, anthropology, philosophy) that abut and influence postcolonial literary studies; iii. to contextualise the emergence and defining trajectories of postcolonial literary studies relative to wider social, political and intellectual developments – from the ‘Bandung’ era to the end of the Cold War to ‘9/11’ and the invasion of Iraq.

Timetabled teaching activities

2 hour weekly seminar

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EN938-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: EN938-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
36 CATS (Module code: EN938-36)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
45 CATS (Module code: EN938-45)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • in World Literature (Q2PE) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught English Literature (Q3P1) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy and Literature (V7P7) - Year 2