Postcolonial Literature (ELIT412) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Postcolonial Literature ELIT412 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The aim of this course is to acquaint the students with sample works of multicultural British literature written in the 20th century. The meanings of colonialism and postcolonialism will be explored by examining the main themes of postcolonial literary studies. In the course, seven short stories by Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Kazuo Ishiguro, Doris Lessing, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Naguib Mahfouz, a novella by V.S. Naipaul and a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro will be studied successively in detail. The overall aim of the course is to give students a solid grasp of the field of postcolonial literary studies in terms of its defining problems and themes.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • learn about colonialism and imperial expansion
  • develop an awareness of the outcomes of colonialism
  • acquire knowledge about the post-colonial period
  • become familiar with writers from different cultures
  • are able to compare different cultures and their literary products
Course Content Analyses of literary texts related to the field of colonialism and the following movements of independence.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to the concepts and movements of colonialism and postcolonialism Empire, The National and the Postcolonial 1890-1920, Colonial Period- Basic terms and concepts, Period of Independence- Terms and definitions
2 The Prophet's Hair by Salman Rushdie East West, p.33-60
3 The Courter by Salman Rushdie East West, p.173-212
4 One out of Many by V.S. Naipaul In a Free State, p. 21-58
5 One out of Many by V.S. Naipaul In a Free State, p. 21-58
6 A Family Supper by Kazuo Ishiguro The Art of the Story, p. 338-346
7 The Old Chief Mshlanga by Doris Lessing World Masterpieces, p. 2004-2012
8 Midterm Review
9 Zaabalawi by Naguib Mahfouz World Masterpieces, p. 1963-1969
10 Death Constant Beyond Love by Gabriel Garcia Marquez World Masterpieces, p. 2051-2059
11 In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul In a Free State, p. 103-238
12 In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul In a Free State, p. 103-238
13 An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro An Artist of the Floating World
14 An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro An Artist of the Floating World
15 Review Review
16 Final exam Review


Other Sources 1. Lawall, Sarah. (Gen. Ed.) The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. Seventh Edition, Volume II. New York: W.W. Norton & Company,1999
2. Rushdie, Salman. East, West. London: Vintage, 1995.
3. Ishiguro, Kazuo. An Artist of the Floating World. London: Faber & Faber, 1986.
4. Naipaul, V. S. In a Free State. New York: Harmondsworth, 1984.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 1 30
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To be able to use English language competently concerning four basic skills, namely listening, reading, speaking, and writing X
2 To have extensive theoretical knowledge about English literature. X
3 To gain knowledge about literary theories and to be able to apply these theories to various literary texts X
4 To acquire detailed knowledge about British culture in all its aspects X
5 To be able to compare and contrast English literature with other literatures through works from different periods and genres. X
6 To be able to compare and contrast British culture with other cultures X
7 To plan, organize, and conduct the activities related to the field X
8 To acquire the skills of creative, critical, and analytical thinking X
9 To gain knowledge about how to conduct an academic research and to use the acquired knowledge in accordance with the purpose of the research X
10 To acquire professional ethics and to use them in the process of research and production X
11 The ability to translate various kinds of texts from different disciplines both from English into Turkish and from Turkish into English X
12 To get prepared for professional life by developing a sense of responsibility through individual tasks and group projects X
13 To be able to understand and decipher various discourses involved in literature such as literary, philosophical, psychological, cultural, critical and theoretical discourses in English language X
14 To be able to understand and be a part of world culture X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 5 5
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 15 15
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 20 20
Total Workload 130