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Power and identity in postcolonialism and multiculturalism


Master's Programme in English-Language Literature - Postcolonialism and Multiculturalism

60 hp

Postcolonialism is an interdisciplinary field which has developed since the 1970s in English- speaking countries, especially within literary studies. Multiculturalism is strongly associated with a North American context. At the heart of postcolonialism and multiculturalism are questions of power, language, identity, nationality, history and modernity.

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Valuable knowledge and skills for research or other careers This Master’s programme is good preparation for a research career, but it also provides general skills that you may find useful if your aim is to work in, for example, research libraries, archives, museums, publishing houses or in journalism, development, the NGO sector, or at public authorities. Read about research in this subject
Theory and analysis in the examination of multiculturalism and postcolonialism This Master’s programme examines the way that questions relating to power, language, identity, nationality, history and modernity take shape in the literature, art and film produced in the British Commonwealth, both before and after the fall of the British Empire. You will also study multicultural encounters, particularly in North America, and relate questions of multiculturalism to postcolonialism. You will study postcolonial, multicultural and other modern critical cultural theories in order deepen your understanding of the texts you encounter, helping you become familiar with such theories and develop your interpretative skills. English Literature I English Literature II Course design The first semester includes a comprehensive theory course, a course in academic writing, and courses in postcolonial and multicultural encounters. This semester is designed to improve your knowledge of academic discourse in English and provide a foundation for writing your dissertation. The second semester then starts with a special topic tutorial that you design together with your supervisor, the purpose of which is to develop the research question for your Master’s dissertation.
Analyse the relationship between power and language in a global context Why do many postcolonial authors write in English, and for whom do they write? How was colonialism once justified, and how can we live with its legacy? How has Great Britain been formed by its colonial past? In what ways has the very concept of identity been affected by the waves of migration – either forced or voluntary – which arose in connection with and after colonialism? These are some of the issues you will confront during this one-year Master’s programme and, in doing so, you will develop academic research skills such as critical and analytical thinking and information retrieval, as well as the ability to write advanced texts and discuss complex academic issues in English. In addition to these general skills, you will gain expertise in the fields of multicultural Anglophone literature, culture and theory, and learn to apply multidisciplinary research methods.