This course examines the question: how can you understand literary texts and films that are made within a cultural context that is unknown to you as a reader? What do you have to learn for that, and what do you have to unlearn? We allow ourselves to be confused by the storytelling of European travel stories, orientalist eroticism and discussions about Dutch racism, and find our way back with the help of a diverse group of western and non-western theorists. We become familiar with a series of key concepts, such as hybridity, the Black Atlantic, orientalism, Relation and new realism.
After completing this course:
the student knows a number of characteristic artistic expressions that are made within intercultural (contact) relationships and in non-dominant cultural contexts;
the student acquires insights into the ways in which these artistic expressions interact with their specific historical and cultural contexts;
the student is familiar with the key concepts in the academic debate on these issues, and is able to use them in their own research;
the student can make connections between past views and current debates;
the student can write a short text (blog) for the public audience, which focuses on one of the insights learned from this course.
The timetables are available through MyTimetable.
Mode of instruction
Written exam with open questions
Short writing assignment
Written exam with open questions 70%
Short writing assignment 30%
The student may resit for the component for which an unsatisfactory mark was obtained.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
To be purchased by yourself: John McLeod, Beginning Postcolonialism (Manchester University Press, 2000). The other texts will be announced via Brightspace.
For content-related questions, please contact the teacher (on the right in the information bar).
For information about registrations, admission, etc., please contact Education Administration Arsenaal.