English (ENGL) 433

Post-Colonial Literatures (Revision 1)

ENGL 433 Course website

Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study.

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English course(s).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 433 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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.


  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Canada
  • Unit 3: Australia and New Zealand
  • Unit 4: India
  • Unit 5: West Indies
  • Unit 6: Africa


To receive credit for ENGL 433, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments and exam is as follows:

Essay #1 Essay #2 Essay #3 Essay #4 Exam Total
10% 15% 20% 20% 35% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Canada: Anchor Canada, 2009.

Carey, Peter. Jack Maggs. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 1999.

Fugard, Athol. 'Master Harold' . . . and the Boys. New York: Penguin, 1982.

Naipaul, V. S. Guerrillas. New York: Vintage International, 1990 [1975].

Ondatjee, Michael. The English Patient. Toronto: Vintage Books Canada, 1996 [1992].

Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 1997.

Thieme, John. The Arnold Anthology of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. London: Arnold, 1996.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide and a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 433 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination, and a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) overall.

Essay 1 Essay 2 Exam Total
25% 25% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, December 2001.

Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services