Postcolonial and Global Literatures

Level 5 (30 credits)

ESH285 Postcolonial and Global Literatures offers a selective survey of global and postcolonial literatures, adopting an expansive conception of what 'postcolonial' might signal and signify, in order to introduce you to a range of writing - from Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Australasia, and Britain itself - that responds to, challenges, and engages with the legacies of colonialism, decolonisation, nationalism, neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism in twentieth-century and contemporary literary and cultural production.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no advance preparation for this module. 

Much of the reading for the module is included in the module pack. Costs incurred will be for primary texts, which may cost up to £70 if purchased new. 

Note that these costs can be often be significantly reduced by purchasing items second-hand or borrowing them from the Library.

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase or borrow printed copies of the primary texts, rather than e-versions. 

Why take
Postcolonial and Global Literatures

  • Rich range of regional expertise among lecturing team on the module, from South Asia and the Middle East to Southern Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Wide variety of topics, from national liberation movements and migration to the politics of English today.
  • Opportunity to study established and emerging writers, and even talk with them in Week 11 when we usually host a creative writer in collaboration with Queen Mary's very own Wasafiri Magazine.
Learning Context Lecture + Workshop + Seminar
Semester One
  1. Presentation (12-15 minutes), 30%
  2. Written Assignment 1 (1000 words), 20%
  3. Written Assignment 2 (2500 words), 50%
Mode of reassessment Standard