2023-2024 / LGER0053-2

Post-colonial literatures in English language


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS) (Even years, not organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (120 ECTS) (Even years, not organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS) (Even years, not organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 


Marc Delrez



Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course will focus on contemporary South African fiction of the post-Apartheid period.

After a general introduction to South African history and politics, including the passage to a democratic system under the leadership of Nelson Mandela in 1994, we shall discuss a selection of fictional works variously encoding the moral confusions and the political ambiguities of white liberal subjects who share a feeling of disorientation in the face of the very political dispensation (democracy and racial equality) which they themselves always desired.

One aspect of our reflection, which may be more than incidental, will concern the relevance of this classic post-colonial situation to our own "implication" (M. Rothberg) in an age of migrations and climate injustice.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

A gain in political self-consciousness, perhaps.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

An interest in literature, and in the world.

A good grasp of English may help.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Thinking, individually and collectively, the latter in the context of heuristic seminars.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face to face(s).

Recommended or required readings

Compulsory reading:

Nadine Gordimer, The House Gun (1998; Bloomsbury)

J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace (1999; Vintage)

Damon Galgut, The Impostor (2008; Atlantic Books)

Optional reading:

The Promise, the latest novel by Galgut, will also be glanced at.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

An oral exam will provide the students with an opportunity to demonstrate the extent of their personal reflection about the novels, based on a selection of critical material.

Work placement(s)

Not applicable.

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course will be organized in the first term and take place in room A4/6/8 on Wednesdays (2-4pm).


Prof. Marc Delrez, marc.delrez@uliege.be

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