Postcolonial Language and Literature


Course Objective

-You are able to describe the salient features of some of the
postcolonial varieties of English, and the way in which these varieties
have evolved.
-You are able to describe linguistic theories of language variation and
-You are able to name and describe core concepts and major works in
postcolonial theory and postcolonial literature.
-You are able to describe past en current issues in te field of
Postcolonial Language and Literature.

-You are able to apply this knowledge in analyses and assessments of
concrete situations; for example, English language policy-making, or in
critical reviews of postcolonial literature.
-You are able to conduct independent research in the field of
Postcolonial Language and Literature.

-You are able to present a well-informed perspective of the nature of
different Englishes and the impact of the use of English on speakers in
postcolonial societies.

-You are able to report on research in the field of Postcolonial
Language and Literature in academic spoken en written English.

Course Content

This course discusses research on Postcolonial English in linguistics
and literature. In the literature component, literary texts will be used
to illustrate some of the contemporary scholarly debates about the
relationship between the postmodern and postcolonial. The language
component focuses on African American Vernacular English as a residual
feature of colonial history, exploring linguistic and social issues in
this context. These include variation in English, language and power,
attitudes to language, and language and identity. Postcolonial English
in linguistics and literature come together in central questions such
as: How have postcolonial writers struggled as to whether or not to
write in the English language and how have they used particular forms of
the English language in their writings to stay true to their own culture
as well as to construct the identity of characters in their works? The
course questions received history, addresses the marginal and subversive
use of Englishes in postcolonial texts and specifically examines the
inextricable links between language and literature.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (2 hours) and seminars (2 hours).

Method of Assessment

Two essays (each 50%); one on a literary and one on a linguistic topic,
or one combined essay on an integrated linguistic-literary topic, in
postcolonial English-speaking societies.

Entry Requirements

BA English Language and Culture or equivalent.


In the literature component we will read a selection of primary
literature that may include:
Achebe, C. (1994). Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor Books.
Matlwa, K. (2008). Coconut. Jacana Media.
Selvon, S. (2006). Lonely Londoners. Penguin Modern Classics.
Friel, B. (2003). Translations. Faber and Faber Plays.

For the language component, literature will be made available.

Target Audience

MA students Educational Master (English).

Additional Information

80% attendance of the lectures/seminars, participation in Blended
Learning forms,
and submission of the course work is conditional for being awarded a
grade for the final essays.

Explanation Canvas

(Part of) the seminars of the course are taught in a Blended Learning

General Information

Course Code L_EAMAEDU001
Credits 6 EC
Period P2+3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Course Coordinator dr. L.M. Rupp
Examiner dr. L.M. Rupp
Teaching Staff dr. L.M. Rupp
dr. A.S. Raghunath

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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