Issues in Modern Literatures and Cultures


- To obtain knowledge on Postcolonial theory
- To obtain knowledge on English / Anglophone Postcolonial Literature (postcolonial in the sense ascribed by Elleke Boehmer)
- To foster intercultural interdisciplinary critical debate
- To promote in depth problematizing research on the subjects to be studied
- To be able to write an extended inovative research paper as preparation for a future thesis.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Teresa Pinto Coelho


Weekly - 2

Total - 280

Teaching language



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Boehmer, Elleke (2005). Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors, Oxford / New York: Oxford University Press (2a ed.)
Bucknor, Michael A. and Alison Donnell (eds.) (2014), The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, London / New York: Routledge.
Childs, Peter, ed. (1999), Post-Colonial Theory and English Literature, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Coelho, Teresa Pinto (2004). Ilhas Batalhas e Aventura. Imagens de África no Romance de Império Britânico do Último Quartel do Século XIX e Início do Século XX. Lisboa: Colibri.
Innes, C.L. (2007). The Cambridge Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Said, Edward (1993). Culture and Imperialism, London: Chatto & Windus.

Teaching method

In class teaching

Evaluation method

Oral project presented and discussed in class(50%), Written research paper (50%)

Subject matter

I- Postcolonial Studies: the critical debate
1.1. Orientalism and Culture and Imperialism
1.2. Critics of Said´s theories
II - Postcolonial theory and English / Anglophone Literature: rereading canonical texts
2.1. Mimicry and subversion in Robinson Crusoe
2.2. Robinson Crusoe reread by Coetzee: ´He and His Man´ and Stranger Shores
2.3. The feminine voice and Otherness in Jane Eyre
III - Postcolonial before post-colonial: ´Youth´ and ´An Outpost of Progress´ (Conrad)
IV - Postcolonial ´re-writings´: Youth (Coetzee) and Ultimatum (Landeg White)
V- Anglophone Caribbean literature: The Lonely Londoners (Selvon)