Crime has long cut across national boundaries and recent crime fiction has tended to do the same. Migrant detectives, postcolonial policewomen, transcultural operatives are now the order of the day, almost. Vital clues require ”transcultural forms of understanding”, and to readers the investigation ”discloses new interpretive methods and processes of social investigation, often challenging facile interpretations of the postcolonial world order”.
What are the forms, tropes, and issues that mark this emerging crime fiction? What does a 'postcolonial' perspective bring to this genre ”apart from the well-known, and valid, discourses of resistance, subversion and ethnicity?” The 'postmortem' of the postcolonial ”not only alludes to the investigation of the victim's remains, but also to the body of the individual text and its contexts”.
Participants are expected to chair a session, offer a presentation, and/or write a term paper which engages with some of the above topics. Confirmed participants will receive a list of four set texts by email and are expected (a) to get copies of these novels and (b) read them before the first session. There will be a mandatory reading test on these novels for all participants in April, the exact date will be discussed in the first session (10.04.19). Term papers (5.000 words) will be due eight weeks after the last class.
Ishiguro, Kazuo. When We Were Orphans. Faber and Faber, 2005.
wa Ngugi, Mukoma. Nairobi Heat. Melville House, 2011.
Makhowa, Angela. Red Ink. Picador Africa, 2007.
Ross, Jacob. The Bone Readers. Peepal Tree Press Ltd, 2016.
Participants are expected to chair a session, offer a presentation, and/or write a term paper.
There will be a mandatory reading test on these novels for all participants at the beginning of the semester.
Term papers (5.000 words) will be due eight weeks after the last class.
First session: April 10th, 2019