CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE: POSTCOLONIAL FICTIONS - 2018/9
Module code: ELI2022
Focussing on a range of postcolonial fictions this module explores what it means to write today in a postcolonial context and how that context affects the content and forms of writing, and how the process of reading is altered. As such, the module addresses prominent global issues and uses these key areas as a way of understanding how contemporary literature engages with the major factors in world society today. The module provides a theoretical underpinning that will enable students to construct links between contemporary texts and relevant theories.
School of Literature and Languages
FISHER EJ Miss (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: Q200
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Week 1: Introduction to the history and uses of postcolonial theory and criticism
Week 2: Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
Week 3: Jhumpa Lahiri, selection of short stories including ‘Interpreter of Maladies’
Week 4: Hanif Kureshi’s The Buddha of Suburbia
Week 5: Monica Ali, Brick Lane
Week 6: Caryl Phillips, A Distant Shore
Week 7: Junot Diaz, ‘Negocios’
Week 8: Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema, and Barney Simon, Woza Albert!
Week 9: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
Week 10: Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang
Week 11: Overview
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ESSAY (1500 WORDS)||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes.
Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback is designed mainly to assess transferable skills in group networking resources in an e-learning environment; oral presentation and written communication; self-reflexive enquiry based work; analysis and critical enquiry. It also assesses subject knowledge related to global and postcolonial literatures and how literature engages with social and cultural issues; and cognitive/analytical skills in understanding how contemporary literature is contextualised in a global framework.
The essay and exam assess subject knowledge related to global and postcolonial literatures and how literature engages with social and cultural issues; cognitive/analytical skills in understanding how contemporary literature is contextualised in a global framework; transferable skills in group networking resources in an e-learning environment; oral presentation and written communication; self-reflexive enquiry based work; analysis and critical enquiry; and professional skills in time management.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
· 1500-word essay (deadline in Week 8)
· 2-hour exam
Formative assessment and feedback
· Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback in seminar
The deadline for the essay is normally in Week 8. Students receive both written feedback and verbal feedback in tutorials that informs the final summative assessment, i.e. the exam.
- deepen and widen students' knowledge of global and postcolonial literatures;
- increase knowledge and awareness of how literature engages with social and cultural issues;
- develop an understanding of contemporary literature in a postcolonial context;
- further students' skills in terms of IT competency, written communication and oral presentations;
- introduce students to self-reflexive Enquiry Based Learning;
- strengthen students' ability to undertake analysis and critical thinking;
- develop further skills in independent study and group work and the ability to work to deadlines.
|1||Have a wide and relatively sophisticated understanding of global and postcolonial literatures||K|
|2||Have knowledge of and ability to analyse how literature engages with social and cultural issues||K|
|3||Have an understanding of how contemporary literature is contextualised in a global framework||C|
|4||Use group networking resources in an e-learning environment||P|
|5||Have a good level of oral presentation and written communication skills||P|
|6||Undertake self-reflexive enquiry based work||T|
|7||Have a good level of skill in analysis and critical enquiry, as well as in independent study||T|
|8||Have good time management skills||P|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/analytical skills, and to develop in-depth transferable, practical and professional skills. Specifically, the weekly lectures deliver subject knowledge related to global and postcolonial literatures and how literature engages with social and cultural issues; and develop cognitive/analytical skills in understanding how contemporary literature is contextualised in a global framework. The weekly seminars offer student-led discussions that develop skills in group networking resources in an e-learning environment; oral presentation and written communication; self-reflexive enquiry based work; analysis and critical enquiry, independent study; and time management.
This relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy, which, at FHEQ Level 5, is designed to continue the delivery of subject knowledge through lectures and SurreyLearn and to develop in-depth transferable, practical and professional skills, with a greater emphasis on student-led involvement, critical analysis, discussion and rhetorical ability.
The learning and teaching methods include:
1-hour lecture per week x 11 weeks
1-hour seminar per week x 11 weeks
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE: POSTCOLONIAL FICTIONS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eli2022
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.