This course aims to familiarize students with literary/cultural and critical postcolonial texts and appropriate critical approaches.  The course will help students develop a critical understanding of the key definitions of postcolonialisms. Students will be able to situate the relevance of and apply these definitions to literary texts and genres. Through discussion and writing, students will be encouraged to test their assumptions of the postcolonialism against the literature they are reading.




3 hours a week. In order to explore the critical and cultural framework of these examples of postcolonial literature, the session may consist of group and class discussion, mini-lectures, writing workshops, student-led presentations and other discussion-based activities. This course is discussion-based and can be reading intensive, so, to facilitate reading and preparation for class discussion, students may sometimes be provided with reading guides or questions. Students are encouraged to plan ahead – do not leave reading up to the last minute!  As class meets only once a week, attendance is mandatory.




100% by coursework

Participation (includes attendance, class and group discussion, student-led presentations) 25%
A short, close-reading paper 25%
A short research portfolio 20%
A research paper  30%





  1. Guo, Xiaolu. Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. Vintage, 2007.
  2. Shoneyin, Lola.  The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. Profile, 2013.
  3. Hamid, Mohsin. The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Penguin 2007.
  4. Tan, Shaun. The Arrival.  Hodder, 2006.

A selection of essays and excerpts from secondary, critical sources will be made available by the instructor on Moodle.



Last updated: 3 July 2019