ELCS6013 - Master and Slave Narrative
Value: 0.5 course units
Tutor: Dr Azzedine Haddour
Assessment: 2 assessed essays.
This comparative and interdisciplinary module aims to explore the ubiquitous presence of the institution of slavery and colonialism in literature. By focusing on two texts from the Renaissance and the 18th century and two contemporary responses to these texts, the module examines the ways in which the development of Western civilization depended for its success on such an institution.
The module is
designed to: i) address the issues of race, writing and cultural difference;
ii) introduce students to postcolonial theory and iii) provide them with
critical tools to analyse the relationship between power and representation.
Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:
- J.M. Coetzee, 'Foe'
- Daniel Defoe, 'Robinson Crusoe'
- Shakespeare, 'The Tempest'
- Aimé Césaire, 'Une Tempête' (A Tempest)
Initial Secondary Bibliography:
- O. Mannoni, 'Prospero and Caliban: The Psychology of Colonization'
- E. Said, 'The World, the Text, and the Critic'
- E. Said, 'Orientalism'
- A. Memmi, 'The Colonizer and the Colonized'