Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9201165342015Postcolonial StudiesElective128
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Language of Instruction
Objectives of the Course
The objective of this graduate course is to introduce students to the Postcolonial theory and literature, and give them the opportunity to explore a wide range of literature produced by writers of the former British colonies. In this way, students will develop awareness of Postcolonial theory and literature as well as literary approaches as manifested in a variety of genres and discuss them from critical perspectives. Among some of the texts to be discussed are Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Roy’s The God of Small Things, Emecheta’s Head Above Water, Phillips’ The Final Passage, and Rushdie’s “The Perforated Sheet”.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Rezzan Silkü
Learning Outcomes
1To have advanced knowledge on Postcolonial Literature and Theory.
2To employ various research methods in acquiring knowledge and use them efficiently in analysing selected texts from Postcolonial Literatures
3To think analytically and independently in producing original theses in Postcolonial Literatures.
4To employ interdisciplinary and comparative approaches in analysing literary and cultural texts from Postcolonial Period.
5To write argumentative and academic papers on Postcolonial Literatures.
6To make reseach and oral presentations on any given subject in Postcolonial Literatures
7To build an awareness of cultural, gender, racial and class differences, and have a skeptic worldview.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
Colonial and Postcolonial Discourse, Postcolonial Literature, theory and criticism and its reflections in literary texts, Nation and Narration, Hybridity, identity and ambivalance, Gender, class and race, Black British Writing, Genres of postcolonial literature and their evaluation, Critical reading, discussion, presentation and writing research paper.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Introduction to the course and its contentAnalysis of the course content
2Introduction to some key concepts in postcolonial studiesAshcroft, Griffiths, Tiffin, Key Concepts, (pp. 45-51, 122-127, 162-164, 186-192)
3Orientalism and Colonial DiscourseLoomba (pp. 43-103) Said, “Orientalism” Post-colonial (pp. 87-91)
4Colonial Discourse and its reflections in literary texts: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness Said, Culture and Imperialism, (pp. 20- 35) Bhabha, The Location (pp. 66- 84) Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Chapters;1-3)
5Postcolonialism and Postcolonial Literary CriticismAshcroft, Griffiths, Tiffin, The Empire (pp.1-13) Barry (pp. 191-201) McLeod (pp. 32-36) Report Preparation I
6Nation and NarrationBhabha, “Introduction” Nation, (pp. 1-7) Renan, “What is,” Nation, (pp. 8-22) Fanon, “On National Culture, Post-colonial (pp.153-157)
7From Conrad’s to Achebe’s Africa: Things Fall ApartOkafor ” (pp. 17-28) Achebe, Hopes and Impediments (pp. 1-20) Achebe, Things Fall Apart (Parts; I-III)
8Writing Paper (Midterm)Discussion on research papers
9Hybridity: Salman Rushdie’s “The Perforated Sheet”Bhabha, “Cultural Diversity”, Post-colonial (pp. 206-209) Bhabha, The Location (pp. 1-9) Salman Rushdie, “The Perforated Sheet,” (pp. 163-181) Innes, “Rewriting,” The Cambridge, (pp.137-158)
10Mimicry and AmbivalenceBhabha, The Location, (pp. 85-92) V.S. Naipul, The Mimic Men (Parts; I-III) Report Preparation II
11Postcolonialism and FeminismKatrak, “Decolonizing,” Post-colonial, (pp. 255-258) Mohanty, “Under,” Post-colonial, (pp.259 -263) Minh-ha, “Writing,” Post-colonial, (pp. 264-268) Roy, The God of Small Things (Chapters; 1-21)
12Gender, Class and RacePetersen, “First,” Post-colonial, (pp.251-254) Katrak, “Post-colonial,” New, (pp. 230-244) Nwapa, Efuru (Chapters; 1-17)
13Black British Women’s WritingDavies, “Black”, (pp. 1- 37) Fanon, “The Fact”, (pp.323-326) Joan Riley, The Unbelonging, (Chapters; 1-10)
14DiasporaBromley, Narratives, (pp. 1-16) Phillips, A New World (pp. 303-309) Phillips, The Final Passage (Parts; 1-5)
15Postcolonial AutobiographySpivak, “Three Women’s”, (pp. 7-22) Emecheta, Head Above Water (Chapters; 1-33) Report Preparation III
16Writing Paper (Final)Discussion on research papers
Recommended or Required Reading
Primary Sources: Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart, (New York:Anchor Books), 1959. Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. (London: Penguin Boks), 1994. Emecheta, Buchi. Head Above Water: An Autobiography. (Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers), 1994. Naipul, V.S. The Mimic Men. (London: Penguin), 1967. Nwapa, Flora. Efuru. (Oxford: Heinemann), 1978. Phillips, Caryl. The Final Passage. (London: Faber&Faber). 1988. Riley, Joan. The Unbelonging. (London: The Women’s Press), 1988. Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things, (London: Flamingo), 1997. Rushdie, Salman. “The Perforated Sheet.” The Vintage Book of Indian Writing: 1947-1997. Eds. Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West. (London: Vintage), 1997. pp. 163-181. Secondary Sources: Achebe, Chinua (ed.). Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays, (New York: Doubleday), 1989. Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin. Key concepts in Post-colonial Studies. (London: Routledge), 1998. ________. The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-colonial Literatures. (London: Routledge), 1989. Barry, Peter. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. (Manchester: Manchester University Press), 1995. Bhabha, Homi K. “Cultural Diversity and Cultural Differences.” Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin, (London: Routledge), 2002. pp. 206-209. ________ (ed.). Nation and Narration. (London: Routledge), 1999. ________. The Location of Culture. (London: Routledge), 1994. Bromley, Roger. Narratives for a New Belonging: Diasporic Cultural Fictions. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), pp. 1-16. Davies, Carol Boyce. “Introduction.” Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject. (London: Routledge). 1994. pp. 1-37. Fanon, Frantz. “On National Culture” Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin, (London: Routledge), 2002. pp. 153-157. _________. “The Fact of Blackness.” Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin, (London: Routledge), 2002. pp. 323-326. Innes, C.L. The Cambridge Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English, (Cambridge: Cambridge UP), 2007. Katrak, Ketu H. “Decolonizing Culture: Toward a Theory of postcolonial Texts.” Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin, (London: Routledge), 2002. pp. 255-258. _________. “Postcolonial Women Writers and Feminisms,” New National and Post-colonial Literatures: An Introduction. Ed. Bruce King (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2000. pp. 230-244. Loomba, Ania. Colonialism/ Postcolonialism, (London: Routledge), 1998. McLeod, John. Beginning Postcolonialism. (Manchester: Manchester University Press), 2000. Minh-ha, Trinh T. “Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism.” Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin, (London: Routledge), 2002. pp. 264-268.Said Edward. Culture and Imperialism. (London: Vintage), 1994. Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses.” Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin, (London: Routledge), 2002. pp.259-263. Okafor, Clement Abiezem. “Joseph Conrad and Chinua Achebe: Two Antipodal Portraits of Africa” Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 19, No.1 (Sep., 1988), 17-28. 17.02.2006 Petersen, Kirsten Holst. “First Things First: Problems of a Feminist Approach to African Literature.” Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin, (London: Routledge), 2002. pp. 251-254. Phillips, Caryl. “Conclusion.” A New World Order: Essays. (New York: Vintage), 2002. pp. 303-309. __________. “Orientalism” Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin, (London: Routledge), 2002. pp. 87-91. Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. “Three Women’s Texts and Circumsfession.” Postcolonialism and Autobiography. Eds. Alfred Hornung& Ernstpeter Ruhe. (Amsterdam: Rodopi). 1998. pp. 7-22.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the sections of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation".
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Attending Lectures14342
Report Preparation3515
Report Presentation199
Writing Paper22040
Self Study3412
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12020
Individual Study for Final Examination12020
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO15  4  4    
LO2 44 5      
LO3 5 4       
LO43 5   4    
LO5         5 
LO6       4  5
LO74  5 4     
LO8  5    4   
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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