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English 433 Post Colonial Literatures

English 433: Post-Colonial Literatures compares the literatures in English of countries which have been colonised under the British Empire and which have subsequently achieved political and cultural autonomy: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, the West Indies, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. It begins an analysis of these literatures in terms of their oppositional attitude towards colonialism, their attempts to establish a unique voice in concert with the indigenous literatures and languages, their reconception of relationships with the "centre," and their hybridization of linguistic and cultural experiences. You will read a wide selection of works in poetry and prose from a core anthology, five novels, and a play.