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123046 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2021W)

(Hi)stories of (De)Colonialization: 16th-20th Century

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English



Thu 18:15-19:45 online


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course is going to look at the rise of colonialism in the early modern period, the heydays of British imperialism in the 18th century, the decline and fall of the European Empires in the first half of the 20th century, and the postcolonial world in the second half of the 20th century. We will read and discuss a selection of seminal literary texts, travel reports, and articles which reflect important approaches to (post)colonial discourse.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular Attendance
Classroom Discussion 10%
Oral Presentation 20%
Final Test 20%
Term Paper 50%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students have to fulfil all course requirements (each with at least 50%) and to score at least 60 points altogether to pass this course.

10 Points (Maximum) Classroom Discussion
20 Points (Maximum) Oral Presentation
20 Points (Maximum) Final Test
50 Points (Maximum) Term Paper

Grading scale:
1: 100-91p
2: 90-81p
3: 80-71p
4: 70-60p
5: 59-0p

Examination topics

The texts and topics dealt with in class.

Reading list

Primary Sources:
Shakespeare, The Tempest
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Montagu, Turkish Embassy Letters
Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Coetzee, Foe

Shorter primary texts and a selection of secondary source material will be announced in class

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BA10.1; BEd 08a.1, BEd 08b.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-3041

Last modified: Fr 24.09.2021 14:09