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The MA Postcolonial Studies Programme offers a focus on the historical relationships of power, domination and practices of imperialism and colonialism in the modern period (late nineteenth-century to the present) through the study of literature and culture.
The core module will introduce a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the literature, film and media of these areas. A range of literary, filmic and theoretical texts from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Near and Middle East will normally be included in the reading list. These will address representations of colonialism and decolonisation, neo-colonialism, nationalism in postcolonial societies and diasporic experiences, allowing us to explore the heterogeneous meanings, intersections and strategies of
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Many people are still unfamiliar with Postcolonial Studies. When I'm asked to to explain my Masters I say that it is a refreshing mix of theoretical approaches to culture, literary studies, the best literature you have never heard of and all the history they were too afraid to teach you in school. The interdisciplinary nature of the program creates a profound synthesis of academic fields that is invigorating and challenging. I can't recommend this course enough for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of our contemporary world.
A chance to study under a world-class group of academics, each of whose knowledge of South Asia encourages mixing subjects as diverse as history, politics, cinema and contemporary culture. The teaching focuses not just on lectures, but small discussion groups as well as ready access to individual support and guidance. All within a world-class university, and the library is excellent.
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