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Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  Postcolonial Literature
Topic Sub-topic
1. Introduction: Colonial contexts. 1.1. British imperialism: a socio-historical introduction.
1.2. Colonial discourse. Orientalism.
Readings: Rudyard Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden” and Henry Lawson’s “The Drover’s Wife”

2. Decolonization and Postcolonialism 2.1. Decolonizing the mind.
2.2. Postcolonial literatures and criticism. Stereotypes and Manichean oppositions.
Readings: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story”
3. Resisting Decolonization 3.1. South Africa: From settler colony to the post-apartheid era.
3.2. Post-colonial (?) Australia: The Stolen Generation.
Readings: Nadine Gordimer’s “Country Lovers” and excerpts from Sally Morgan’s My Place

4. Postcolonial Agency 4.1. Hybridity and Third Spaces
4.2. “Rites of Passage” and Liminality.
4.3. “Can the Subaltern Speak?”
Reading: excerpt from David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon
5. Diasporas, Migrations and Transnational Contexts 5.1. Still, the slave trade triangle
5.2. Afropolitanism
5.3. Globalization, neocolonialism and cosmopolitanism
Readings: Amma Darko’s Beyond the Horizon, excerpts from Jamal Mahjoub’s Travelling with Djinns, Jamaica Kincaid’s “A Small Place”, and Merlinda Bobis's “The Long Siesta as a Language Primer”
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