New literatures in English (2012/2013)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Susanna Zinato
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Modulo 1 3 II semestre Susanna Zinato
Modulo 2 3 II semestre Annalisa Pes

Learning outcomes

The course aims at making the student familiar with the main themes and theoretical issues characterizing colonial and postcolonial literatures in English. This is done through an in-depth analysis of representative texts that are studied in their textual dynamics through a wide diachronic view but with a special care for their specific contexts.


Growing up in the colony/postcolony
After introducing the discipline, this module will deal with the theme of the colonial/post-colonial subject’s construction/deconstruction of identity through the dynamics of mimicry, double bind, resistance and questioning of the cultural-ideological tropes of the imperial mythology and of the race and gender essentialisms feeding the colonialist imaginary. This will be done through an in-depth analysis of representative texts drawn from the Australian, Caribbean, and South-African contexts.

Testi primari/primary sources
- M. FRANKLIN, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)
- C. BIRD (ed.), The Stolen Children. Their Stories (1998)
- J. KINCAID, Annie John (1985)
- A. FUGARD, Tsotsi (1980), (Grove Press, 2006, Introduzione di J. Kaplan) /G. HOOD (Dir.), Tsotsi, film, (2006) Miramax (la visione del film sarà parte integrante delle lezioni)

Testi secondari/secondary sources

- M. Ferguson, Jamaica Kincaid: Where the land Meets the Body, UP of Virginia, 1994, ch.2 (“Mother-Daughter-Cristopher Columbus”, pp.41-75)
- R. Barnard, Apartheid and Beyond: South African Writers on the Politics of Place, Oxford UP, 2007 (introduzione e sezione su Fugard)
- F. Fanon, “The Fact of Blackness”, in B. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin (eds.),The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, Routledge, 1995, pp-323-326.
- R. Dalziell, Shameful Autobiographies, Melbourne University Press, 1999 (cap. 3 “Racist Shame”, pp. 113-173)
- D. McCooey, Artful Histories, Cambridge University Press, 1996 (cap. 3 “Beginnings and Myth”, pp. 48-69)

Il manuale di riferimento è:
B. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin (eds.), The Empire Writes Back. Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures, Routledge, 1989, specificamente: “Introduction” (1-13); chapter 2 “Re-placing language: textual strategies in post-colonial writing” (37-59); chapter 5 pp.181-194.

Altri sussidi bibliografici di riferimento generale (facoltativi/optional):
-B. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin (eds.), Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies, Routledge, 1998
-E. Benson, L.W. Connolly (eds.), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Post-colonial Literatures in English, 2005
-J. Wilkinson, “Il Sudafrica” (pp.48-74); M.A. Saracino, “La letteratura anglocaraibica”, in A. Lombardo (a cura di), Le orme di Prospero, NIS, 1995
- Sull’ Apartheid: D.M. Smith, Apartheid in South Africa, CUP, 1990 e/o A.J. Christopher, The Atlas of Apartheid, Witwatersrand UP, 2005.

Bibliografia suppletiva obbligatoria per gli studenti non frequentanti/ Non-attending students are requested to supplement the list of readings given to attending students with the following, compulsory, one:
- E. Boehmer, Colonial & Postcolonial Literature, Oxford UP, 1995 (Introduction + Chapters 1,2,5)
- L. Paravisini-Geberth, Jamaica Kincaid. A Critical Companion, Greenwood Press, 1999 (ch.s 1, 2, 4)
- Su Tsotsi, oltre alla succitata “Introduction” di J. Kaplan, si veda D. W. Lehman, “Tsotsi Transformed: Retooling Athol Fugard for the Thabo Mbeki Era”, Research in African Literatures, Spring 2011, Vol.42: 87-102 (stampabile da Literature Online,
- M. Barnard, “Childhood at Brindabella” in Miles Franklin, New York, Twayne Publishers, 1967, pp. 34-49.
- G. Whitlock, “In the Second Person: Narrative Transactions in Stolen Generations Testimony”, Biography, Honolulu: Winter 2001, vol. 24, 1: 197-215 (stampabile da Literature Online,

Informazioni relative al materiale bibliografico e al suo reperimento saranno fornite all’inizio del corso.

Il corso sarà tenuto in lingua inglese

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment at the end of the course through oral examination.