Postcolonial Women's Writing

This module – distinctive in its focus on the wider Middle East – explores twentieth and twenty-first century narrative texts by women writers, examining creative literary engagements with (post)colonial histories, societies and politics. Novels and memoirs are read alongside theory drawn from various disciplines – literary criticism, history, geography, sociology and anthropology. The texts represent a range of responses to colonialism, national identity, patriarchy, Islam, migration and transnationalism. Key themes are revolution; the female body in private and public space; violence; education; modes of resistance; memory; testimony; and the politics of representation.