"The Empire Writes Back": An Introduction to Postcolonial Literature in English

About the Course

The course focuses on the wide spectrum of literary works in English by writers from the former British colonies and how the colonial experience has shaped the literature in these areas.

Syllabus, Schedule, Course Material

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Reading List

The teacher makes a selection among the following texts (see below)

Main Reading
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozie. Half of a Yellow Sun.
Cliff, Michelle. No Telephone to Heaven.
Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians.
Desai, Kiran. Inheritance of Loss.
Farah, Nuruddin. Maps.
Kincaid, Jamaica. The Autobiography of My Mother.
Kureishi, Hanif. My Beautiful Launderette.
Malouf, David. Remembering Babylon.
Melville, Pauline. The Ventriloquist's Tale.
Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things.
Rushdie, Salman. Midnight's Children.
Smith, Sadie. White Teeth.
Vera, Yvonne. The Stone Virgins.

Reference books and Additional Reading
Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, och Helen Tiffin. The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures. 1989. 2 ed. London: Routledge, 2002.
Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, och Helen Tiffin. Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Literature. London: Routledge, 1998.
Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, och Helen Tiffin. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 1995.
Loomba, Ania. Colonialism/Postcolonialism. (New Critical Idiom Series) New York: Routledge, 1998.
McLeod, John. Beginning Postcolonialism. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2000.