ENG4361 – Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This introductory course has a twofold aim:
- It discusses literary texts written by British authors during the period of colonial and imperialist expansion.
- It focuses on texts written by authors who live in a country that was colonised, and who write in English.
The course is text-oriented, but matters of history and context are also considered as essential. The course includes a presentation and discussion of literary (postcolonial) theory. Overall, the literary texts under consideration are seen as a cultural meeting-point of male and female characters of different races and classes.
After completing this course, you:
- can discuss, and analyse colonial and postcolonial texts
- know how race, class, gender, history, and identity are presented and problematised in the literary texts
- have an understanding of the relationship between Great Britain (and implicitly the West) and nations that once were colonised
- can critically evaluate and appropriate key concepts and theories in postcolonial studies when analysing a range of colonial and postcolonial literary texts
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Admittance to the Master programs in literature or LP, or another relevant Master program.
The course has a capacity of 15 students. ILOS will not provide additional capacity if there are more applicants.
Recommended previous knowledge
The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English
10 credits overlap with ENG2321 – Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.
Attendance is obligatory 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation the exam coordinator.
Students will write an essay (5 standard pages, 11.500 bytes) at an appointed time. The essay must be approved by the tutor; if it is not, the student will be barred from attempting the final exam. Read more about guidelines for compulsory activities.
The exam is a term paper of 10 standard pages (4000 words).
The paper must be submitted in Fronter. Read more about submission procedures
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.