HS Anti-Colonial Literature and Thought



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Do 16:15-17:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Zugehörigkeit zu den Modulen:

- BA English and American Studies (neu): Hauptmodul A. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)
- Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien (neu): Hauptmodul L-GYM Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature)
- MA North American Studies: Culture and Literature (5) Aufbaumodul Literary Studies (8) Vertiefungsmodul Literary Studies
- MA The Americas/Las Américas: Modul 4
- MA Literaturstudien – interdisziplinär: Modul 4


According to the anti-colonial revolutionary Amílcar Cabral, Joseph Goebbels pulled out his gun every time someone mentioned the term "culture”. For Cabral, this is evidence of the importance of culture for both the domination of peoples and for overthrowing that domination. Expectedly, he reserved a prominent role for culture in the anti-colonial war that he fought. Cabral was no exception, and in fact, most anti-colonial liberation movements included the production of anti-colonial culture—fictional as well as non-fictional.

In this course, we examine and juxtapose several anti-colonial works from different geographical locations. We investigate what problems the texts pose, what solutions they appear to offer, what techniques are used, and what fallacies they may contain. We scrutinize the ways in which these aspects differ from one place of production to another, and how fictional and non-fictional anti-colonial works relate. Departing from texts written during colonization, we proceed to works published after ‘decolonization’—a term we will interrogate. Our inquiry stops before the institutionalization of so-called ‘postcolonial theory’ at the end of the 1980s.

Empfohlene Literatur

Please Purchase: Achebe, Chinua. |Things Fall Apart|. Penguin 2006 [1958]. Sembène, Ousmane. |God’s Bits of Wood|. Heinemann 1995 [1960].