In this context, while ‘postcolonial’ refers primarily to societies of the so-called ‘Third World’, it also includes questions relevant to cultures such as those of Ireland and Australia.
The University of Kent was one of the first universities to establish postcolonial literary studies in Britain and has continued to play a significant part in the development of the field. Among the teachers involved in the programme are Abdulrazak Gurnah, Caroline Rooney, Alex Padamsee and Donna Landry (see staff research interests for further details).
This programme aims to:
- explore a wide range of writing resulting from the encounter between imperialist and colonised countries and cultures
- examine this writing in the wider context of colonial and postcolonial history
- study how this writing and its history have been theorised
- develop your research skills to the point where you are ready to undertake a research degree
- develop your oral skills to the point where you are able to present a conference-type paper to your peers.