ENG2321 – Colonial and Postcolonial Literature

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Course content

This introductory course has a twofold aim.

  1. It discusses literary texts written by British authors during the period of colonial and imperialist expansion.
  2. The course 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.

Learning outcome

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 were once colonised.


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.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4361 – Colonial and Postcolonial Literature


Seminars, 2 hours weekly for 14 weeks. 28 hours in all.

Obligatory activities:

  • For spring 2022, attendance is not required, but highly recommended.
  • An essay of 5 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters) turned in by a stated deadline.


The form of assessment is a 3–day home examination.

Previous exams and assessment guidelines (the form of assessment has changed)

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

You are allowed to use an English-English dictionary during the written exam.

Macmillan Dictionary will be offered in the digital examination system Inspera.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

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

For those who want to retake their exam: Since this exam includes a term paper, you must follow the classes and write a new paper in order to qualify. Admission depends on capacity.

If it's just the written exam you have missed because of illness, it is possible to apply for a postponed exam. Please contact the exam consultant for more information.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






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Every spring

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