Literature of English-speaking Countries (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Annalisa Pes
Annalisa Pes
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 1, 2014 al Jan 10, 2015.

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.6  
Thursday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.8  
Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.6  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at introducing students to the main themes and theoretical issues of postcolonial studies through an in-depth analysis of representative colonial and postcolonial texts in English. Besides an historical and theoretical introduction to the subject of postcolonial studies lectures will focus on the critical reading of three novels giving voice to different realities of the British Empire (Australian, Caribbean, “Black British”) belonging to different historical periods between colonial and post-colonial age. The analysis of critical readings on the novels will help to lay emphasis on key-concepts in postcolonial studies: “alterity”, “centre/margin”, “creolization”, “diaspora”, ethnicity”, “hybridity”, “contact zone/frontier”.


• John McLeod, Beginning Postcolonialism (2000), Manchester University Press [cap. 1-2-3-7]
• Kate Grenville, Sarah Thornhill (2011), The Text Publishing Company
• Martin Staniforth, “Depicting the Colonial Home: Representations of the Domestic in Kate Grenville’s The Secret River and Sarah Thornhill, JASAL, vol. 13, n. 2, (2013)
• Stuart Hall, “New Ethnicities” (1988)
• Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956), Penguin Books
• Mark Looker, Atlantic Passages (1996), Peter Lang [“Introduction”, pp. 1-20; cap. 3 “Inventing Back London: The Lonely Londoners”, pp. 59-80
• Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000), Penguin
• Philip Tew (ed.), Reading Zadie Smith. The First Decade and Beyond (2013), Bloomsbury [cap. 2: U. Tancke “White Teeth Reconsidered: Narrative Deception and Uncomfortable Truths”, pp. 27-38]
Reference text:
• B.Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin (eds.), Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies, (1998) Routledge

Non-attending students are requested to supplement the list of readings with the following, compulsory, one (optional for attending students):

• “The Settler Colonies” in B. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin (eds.), The Empire Writes Back (2002), Routledge, pp. 131-143
• Ashley Dawson, Mongrel Nation (2000), The University of Michigan Press [“Colonization in Reverse. An Introduction”, pp. 1-26]
• Philip Tew, Zadie Smith, (2010), Palgrave Macmillan [part II, cap. 3 “White Teeth”, pp. 45-71]

All texts are to be read in English and taken on you on the day of the exam.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination at the end of the course