This course aims to familiarise the students with central issues in postcolonial literature and theory. The texts we will read originate from different backgrounds, but all from the field of tension between their own culture and the English language. We will discuss such concepts as hybridity, the nation, nationalism, cultural translation, and the relation between tradition and modernity. Special emphasis is placed on problematisations of the understanding of what is meant by 'postcoloniality'.


Teacher: Bo G Ekelund

Course literature:

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart, preferred: Norton Critical Edition (2009 [1958]), or Penguin Modern Classics

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities (1983) – selected chapters

Bhabha, Homi. “Of Mimicry and Man” from The Location of Culture (1994) (Hand-out)

Boehmer, Elleke. Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors, 2nd edition (2005)

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. “Post-Coloniality and the Artifice of History: Who Speaks for ‘Indian Pasts’?” in Representations 37 (1992) – available online at SUB

Chrisman, Laura. “Nationalism and Postcolonial Studies.” The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies. (2004): 183-98. – available as e-book at SUB.

Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians (1980)

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness, Norton Critical Edition (2006 [1899])

Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth (1961) – selected chapters

Hall, Stuart. “When Was the Post-Colonial? Thinking at the Limit” in Iain Chambers and Lidia Curti (ed.), The Post-Colonial Question (1996) – available as e-book at SUB

ten Kortenaar, Neil. Self, Nation, Text in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (2004) selected chapters – available as e-book at SUB.

Lazarus, Neil. “Introducing postcolonial studies.” The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies. (2004): 1-16. – available as e-book at SUB.

Quayson, Ato et al. “Editorial: New Topographies” in The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 1.1 (2014): 1-10.

Rushdie, Salman. Midnight’s Children (1981)