oa Alternation - Teaching colonial discourse in South Africa/South African literature as colonial discourse

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Empire and Response' is probably the most popular formula for the teaching of postcolonial literatures in the undergraduate curriculum in tertiary education anywhere in the English-speaking world. Its seductive clarity cannot easily be dismissed, since any number of writers-as the well-marketed manuals amply demonstrate-have made productive use of the archive of colonial textuality in shaping their work, both in writing back from a relatively autonomous vantage point and in periodic re-writings of colonial texts whose authority as the point of reference is not entirely questioned. The result is the plethora of courses in which Heart of Darkness is paired with Things Fall Apart, Jane Eyre with Wide Sargasso Sea, Robinson Crusoe with Foe, Othello with Season of Migration to the North, The Tempest with any number of possibilities, and so on2.

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