Colonial and Postcolonial Literature MA
2 years part-time On-line/Distance Learning
Taught Higher Degree
Good relevant first degree (usually 2:1 or above) or equivalent previous experience. Please click here for more information on international entry requirements
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2013/14: Home/EU £4,265 (£2,132.50 per year)
2013/14: International £8,900 (£4,450 per year)
Contact for admissions enquiries:Admissions
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2205)
Contact for course content enquiries:Dr Helen Cousins (Senior Lecturer in English)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2309)
The MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature offers students the chance to explore a wide range of literature written in English from the early colonial periods through to contemporary writing in formerly colonised areas and Diasporas. As well as meeting the needs of students who are continuing their studies from undergraduate level, this MA is also aimed at those who are employed and wish to combine study and work.
This exciting and diverse programme enables you to consider colonial and postcolonial literature from a range of countries, periods and literary approaches and as manifested in a wide range of genres. These include seminal texts of the colonial period up to 1800, nineteenth-century literature of Empire; and modern and contemporary postcolonial literature.
The programme includes an independent project which will allow you to apply your learning, either in a workplace setting or through an independent piece of research. The dissertation allows extended independent study where you can explore your specific and develop original ideas.
All students will be able to access eBooks, online journal articles and other relevant materials to facilitate research and study through the University’s online virtual learning system. Students can also request material through Newman’s inter-library loan scheme, and UK-based students will be able to apply for Sconul Access to allow them to visit the libraries of universities close to where they live
The MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature is delivered entirely on-line, with scheduled live discussion seminars, supplemented by forums, email tutorials and the use of chatrooms.
Assessment is predominately through coursework in the form of essays. This allows you to fully explore ideas and analyse the literary texts. Research methods will more appropriately be assessed through a portfolio to cover the range of skills, and other methods will include the presentation of seminar papers.
The programme is delivered entirely online.
The subject area welcomes applications from suitably qualified students who wish to pursue postgraduate research degrees (MPhil and PhD awarded by the University of Leicester). For more information about the research interests of the English team, please visit the research section of this website.
You will study two modules per semester and complete the course over two years. An indicative list of modules is given below.
- Postcolonial Theories
- Rewriting Canonical Texts
- Exploration/Exploitation: Colonial/Postcolonial Writing 1500-1800
- Diaspora City
- Popular Postcolonial: Prize Winners and Best Sellers
- Independent Project
- Research Methods
The purpose of the Independent Project is to enable you to produce work that may help you to prepare for a future career or for doctoral research, or to combine your current career with postgraduate study. The work that you produce on this module will allow you to apply your knowledge to a project which could be of practical use to other scholars, or of educational, creative or cultural interest. You can choose from either a work-based project, usually in collaboration with your current employer or place of voluntary work, a web resource such as a hyperlinked version of a text (out of copyright), a guide
to other web-based resources for a particular text or author, or a literature review essay relevant to colonial and/or postcolonial literature and theory.
EN720 – Research Methods
This module introduces MA students to a range of research methods. It serves as an introductory module that gives students the research skills and knowledge they will require to identify and access resources essential for their study. Topics will include such things as evaluating editions of texts, e-resources and websites, identifying, using and evaluating on-line resources, referencing and bibliographic skills.
EN721 - Postcolonial Theories
This module will consider anti-colonial resistance including that in the work of thinkers such as CLR James, Una Marson, Albert Memmi, George Lamming, Aime Cesaire, Claudia Jones and Frantz Fanon. You will engage with founding thinkers, key theorists and new and emerging academics including Said, Spivak, Bhabha, Gilroy, Rey Chow, Trinh T Minh-ha, Declan Kiberd, John McLeod, Leela Gandhi and others, in order to engage with multiple regions and areas of debate including globalization and neo-colonialism, postcolonial approaches to gender and to sexuality, politics and socioeconomic class, digital postcolonialism and postcolonialism and ecocriticism. Familiarity with a wide range of ideas and with the tension in postcolonial studies over representation will enable you to develop your own confident critical voice.
EN722 - Rewriting Canonical Texts
Postcolonial literature and theory involves retelling, reinterpreting, and reading interruptively (Spivak) or contrapuntally (Said). On this module, you will read canonical texts from the history of English literature alongside rewritings of those texts which aim to revise the imperial representations of ‘natives’ or of locations, with a postcolonial commitment. Texts such as The Tempest, Robinson Crusoe, and Heart of Darkness will be reinterpreted from a postcolonial perspective, and read alongside In The Castle of My Skin (Lamming), Foe (Coetzee), and Things Fall Apart (Achebe). You will think about the ways that literature was used as part of the colonial project, through, for example, the teaching of English literature in colonial schools and the performance of Shakespeare’s plays in India, as well as the ways that retellings and translations of literature including the poetry of Omar Khayyam and The Arabian Nights stories were received and retold in the colonial period, and the ways in which they have been reinterpreted in postcolonial contexts since.
EN723 – Exploration/Exploitation: Colonial/Postcolonial Writing 1500-1800
This module examines some seminal texts of the colonial period such as Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, Diaz’s Conquest of New Spain and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It examines writing about colonialism in relation to Ireland, the Americas, Africa, Persia and Asia exploring such issues as the representation of otherness, rights of possession, descriptive geography, cannibalism, and the significance of language.
EN724 - Diaspora City
This module will look at the changing representation of cities in literature by Disapora writers like Monica Ali (Brick Lane) or Hanif Kureishi (The Buddha of Suburbia) with a focus on London but will also include a consideration of other cities where appropriate. It will consider how narratives of migration present a fluid and shifting metropolis; the city as a site of cultural interchange (McLeod, 2004); and the relationships between identity and space. Some of the themes considered in relation to the literary texts are: utopian tendencies, romanticising of immigrant experiences, paradigms of difference, disruption and violence, links between nation and city.
EN725 - Popular Postcolonial: Prize winners and Bestsellers
This module will consider the history of book prizes, the changing face of short lists and winners where the proportion of postcolonial novels is increasing. In addition, the module will address bestselling postcolonial novels which are not necessarily prize winners but have been included on ‘best of’ lists such as those of mass broadcast reading clubs like The Richard & Judy Book Club. Together, study of these two areas will allow you to engage in a politicized reading of the novels which considers canon formation and the tensions between high, low and middle-brow culture. As well as reading novels such as Half of a Yellow Sun (Adichie) and The White Tiger (Adiga), a variety of interviews, reviews and commentaries about the novels and authors will be considered.
EN726 - Independent Project
The purpose of the Independent Project is to enable you to produce work that may help you to prepare for a future career or for doctoral research, or to combine your current career with postgraduate study. The work that you produce on this module will allow you to apply your knowledge to a project which could be of practical use to other scholars, or of educational, creative or cultural interest.
You can choose from either a work-based project, usually in collaboration with your current employer or place of voluntary work, a web resource such as a hyperlinked version of a text (out of copyright), a guide to other web-based resources for a particular text or author, or a literature review essay relevant to colonial and/or postcolonial literature and theory.
EN727 - Dissertation
The dissertation enables students to explore a topic of their choice in greater detail than has been possible on the previous modules. Through individual on-line tutorials students are helped to examine their ideas independently and to undertake a detailed study of their selected topic.
These modules are subject to change.