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ENGL 421: Postcolonial Women’s Writing

Course Convenor: Dr Lindsey Moore

Women’s writing presents nuanced engagements with the complexities of postcolonial history. This interdisciplinary module examines representations of female inheritance and experience in relation to other facets of identity such as ethnicity, religion and class. Novels are read alongside feminist literary criticism, history, geography, theology and anthropology. In the interests of focused comparison, the novels are all by women reflecting upon majority Muslim contexts, in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. In relation to the major thematic threads that organise the course – decolonisation, war, migration and Islam – we explore colonialism, education and language; history, memory and trauma; the politics of the female body; private and public space; cross-cultural mobility and communication; representation and reception. Postcolonial feminist theoretical frameworks illuminate the primary material and encourage us critically to consider our own reading/speaking positions.

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