Postcolonial Language and Literature

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Doel vak

-You are able to describe the salient features of 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 describe core concepts and major works in postcolonial
theory and postcolonial literature.
-You are able to describe past en current issues in Postcolonial
Englishes and the implications thereof for the fields of English
linguistics and literature.

-You are able to apply this knowledge in analyses of concrete
situations; for instance, in 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 about research according to the academic
conventions and in good spoken en written English.
-You are able to inform a diverse audience about the significance of
issues in Postcolonial Linguistics and Literature.

Inhoud vak

This course integrates research on Postcolonial English in linguistics
literature. We examine the world-wide spread of the English language,
focusing on regions where English is spoken as a residual feature of
British colonial history (like India, Africa, and the Caribbean). We
will explore linguistic, social and literary issues in this context.
These include variation in English, World Englishes, language and power,
attitudes to language, language and identity, and postcolonial writing.
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 different forms of the
English language in their writing to stay true to their own culture as
as to construct the identity of characters in their works? The literary
texts will be used to illustrate some of the contemporary scholarly
debates about the relationship between the postmodern and postcolonial.
The course questions received history, focusses on the marginal and
subversive use of Englishes in the postcolonial texts and specifically
examines the inextricable links between language and literature.


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


Two essays (each 50%); one about a linguistic and one about a literary
issue, or a combined linguistic-literary issue, in postcolonial
English-speaking societies.

Vereiste voorkennis

BA English Language and Culture or equivalent.


Course syllabus

Course book
Schneider, E. (2007). Postcolonial English: varieties of English around
the world. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available on-line in

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.


MA students Educational Master (English).

Overige informatie

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

Toelichting Canvas

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

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_EAMAEDU001
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2+3
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. L.M. Rupp
Examinator dr. L.M. Rupp
Docenten dr. L.M. Rupp
dr. A.S. Raghunath

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