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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Sue Kossew


An intro to postcolonialism as a historical phenomenon and as a dynamic field of contemporary writing and theory. Texts deal with the Americas, Africa, the Carribean and Asia-Pacific region. They promote discussion of processes of inscription, cultural interaction and strategies for dominion, of the place of indigenous or minority groups, and the intersection of postmodernist and postcolonial dilemmas. Authors include Conrad, Rhys, Forster, Achebe, Liosa, Malouf, Pynchon and Kincaid. A feature of this unit is weekly theoretical readings which provide the focus for discussing a particular creative work, and so familiarise students with the usefulness and applications of specific theories.


Seminar presentation (1000 words) and participation: 30%
Essay (1500 words): 30%
Class test (2000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Susan Kossew

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies
Comparative literature and cultural studies


A first-year sequence in English, Literary Studies or Cultural Studies or permission


ENH3800, CLS2800/3800