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Course Name Postcolonial Poetry
Course Code 18ELL531
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

Introduction to Postcolonial poetry-Themes and concerns– protest and resistance- negotiation and affirmation of identity-theoretical perspectives.

Unit 2

Margaret Atwood ‘Journey to the Interior’ (Canadian) [Detailed]
Yasmine Gooneratne ‘Big Match – 1983’ (Srilanka) [Non-Detailed]

Unit 3

Derek Walcott “Ruins of a Great House” (West Indies) [Detailed]
Kishwar Naheed ‘We Sinful Women’ (Pakistan) [Non-Detailed]

Unit 4

A.D. Hope ‘Dialogue’ (Australia) [Detailed]
John Adams ‘Write On’ (New Zealand) [Non-Detailed]
Kaiser Haq ‘Poor Man Eating’ (Bangladesh) [Non-Detailed]

Unit 5

Wole Soyinka ‘I Think It Rains’ (Nigeria) [Detailed]
Edwin Thumboo ‘Evening’ (Singapore) [Non-Detailed]
Keki N Daruwalla ‘The Ghagra in Spate’ (India) [Detailed]


To explore and study the range and variety of postcolonial poetry; to understand the nature of postcolonial poetic sensibility; to unravel the postcolonial perspectives on social, cultural and political issues.

Core Reading

  1. Online Sources.
  2. The Arnold Anthology of Post-colonial Literature ed. John Thieme, 1996.
  3. Ashcroft et al.The Empire Writes Back. Routledge.


  1. Ramazani, Jahani. The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry. Cambridge Companions to Literature, 2017.
  2. After the Sunset: An Anthology of Postcolonial Literatures in English. OUP, 2013.

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