Colonial & Poscolonial Encounters - Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Colonial & Poscolonial Encounters

Crédits ECTS : 6.0

Volume horaire CM : 12.0

Volume horaire TD : 12.0

Effectif maximal : 25

Code ELP : MIA1Y26

Composante : UFR Langues et Civilisations

Période de l'année : Automne

Formes d'enseignement : Non accessible à distance


Part One: “Colonial and post-colonial treatments of the natural and social environments of Eastern North America”. Laurence Machet.

The first six sessions of this seminar will focus on accounts of Eastern North America from the 17th to the 19th centuries, during the colonial and post-colonial eras. Defined as non-fiction prose, these accounts generally rely on two traditions: the travel genre, that provides the narrative framework, and the science of natural history, defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “the facts relating to the natural objects, plants, or animals of a place; the natural phenomena of a region as observed or described systematically”.
We’ll be more particularly interested in authors such as John Lawson, John Hector St John de Crèvecoeur, John and William Bartram, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Wilson. Their accounts stand as examples of American self-creation. They also provide an insight into colonial attitudes towards the natural environment and the Indigenous and slave populations.

Part Two: “Re-writing First Encounters in Contemporary South African and Australian Literature.” Susan Barrett.

The second half of this seminar will focus on works of fiction and the way in which contemporary authors in South Africa and Australia have revisited the arrival of the Europeans in their respective countries. Using post-colonial theory, we will consider the role fiction can play in challenging conventional historical discourse.

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