English Literature

MSc Postcolonial Literature

In the MSc Postcolonial Literature programme you will be introduced to a range of colonial and postcolonial discourse from countries and regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, Canada and Oceania, and will explore a range of issues contingent upon colonisation, independence, and the formation of postcolonial diasporic communities.

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You will be encouraged to develop a knowledge and understanding of the roles played by various forms of writing in the shaping and representation of postcolonial subjectivity and context, and to contextualise postcolonial writing in terms of its chronological and geographical specificities, deepening your knowledge and understanding of selected themes and topics in a way that will enable you to select and execute an independent piece of research.

During the programme, you should develop a familiarity with the variety of materials that can be used to explore specific evolutions from forms of political colonisation to modes of cultural independence and self-expression in postcolonial states, along with a critical understanding of some of the ways in which the theory and practice of postcolonial writing has been conceptualised and understood by scholars, past and present.

We can supervise research in any area of the field, and have particular strengths in African American and Chicana writing, black British writing, Canadian literature, Indian subcontinental and diasporic writing, New Zealand literature, and Pacific literature.

Taught courses

You will take the following core courses:

  • Supervised Research I and II
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Research Methods and Problems

In addition you will choose one option course per semester from among the following: Please note that your choice of options depends on availability and will be decided in consultation with your supervisor.


To discuss possible topics and areas for the MSc by Research in Postcolonial Literature please contact Dr Michelle Keown.

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