spring 2021
ENG-3108 Colonial and Postcolonial Discourses in English Literature - 10 ECTS

Last changed 21.10.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for courses offered in the autumn semester and 1 December for the courses offered in the spring semester. 

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for courses offered in the autumn semester and 1 October for courses offered in the spring semester.

Type of course

This course is intended for students in the master's programme in English literature and students in the master's programme in teacher education year 8-13 (lektorutdanning trinn 8-13, studieretning engelsk). This course may be taken as a single course by students who meet the admission requirements for the MA programme in English Literature.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification, in English literature, or a degree combining English literature and a closely-related discipline (minimum 80 ECTS in English). An average grade equivalent to C or better in the English coursework (80 ECTS) is required.

Application code: 9371 - Enkeltemner på masternivå (Nordic applicants).

Course content

"Rather than simply being the writing which 'came after' empire, postcolonial literature is that which critically scrutinizes the colonial relationship. It is writing that sets out in one way or another to resist colonialist perspectives." (Elleke Boehmer in Colonial & Postcolonial Literature, 3) Starting with a couple of texts from the period around the turn of the 20th century, a time which was the heyday of British imperialism, this course moves on to texts giving expression to a growing sense of opposition, of "writing back", to ruling classes as well as nations and ideas. The texts selected for the course are intended to display some of the enormous variety in thematic focus and narrative strategies, as well as some of the wide geographical distribution of postcolonial literature.

Objectives of the course


  • understanding of the various social, historical, political and cultural forces which make up the "postcolonial condition" 
  • insight into the main formal and thematic characteristics of fiction as well as some of the major trends in postcolonial literary and cultural theory 
  • in-depth knowledge of the individual texts studied


  • familiarity with a diversity of texts and textual strategies in postcolonial writing 
  • proficiency in close reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature 
  • to be able to write and talk persuasively and effectively in English

Language of instruction

Language of instruction and examination: English.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars (26 hours). 2 hours of teaching for 13 weeks.


Coursework requirements: 

  • Oral presentation: Each student is required to give a short oral presentation or a discussion of a topic (5-10 minutes). 
  • Midterm paper: An essay of 4-6 pages.

The obligatory coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the final exam.

Assessment method:

  • A semester paper of approx. 10-15 pages.

Performance in the course will be assessed with the grades A-F. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-sit examination is offered in the event of an F-grade. The deadline to register (in the Studentweb) for a re-sit examination is 15 January (for courses offered in the autumn semester) and 15 August (for courses offered in the spring semester). In the event of a re-sit examination, the student is allowed to submit a revised version of his/her term paper within a given deadline.


Course overlap

ENG-3108 Colonial Discourses in British Nineteenth-Century Literature 10 stp
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: ENG-3108