Teaching Postcolonial Crime Fiction

  • Sam NaiduEmail author
Part of the Teaching the New English book series (TENEEN)


This chapter is a survey of teaching crime fiction in postcolonial South Africa. After offering a definition and historicisation of postcolonial crime fiction in general, the survey focuses on my third-year undergraduate course, ‘Sleuthing the State: South African Crime and Detective Fiction’. The survey includes a description of the curriculum content, teaching methods, forms of assessment and student evaluation. The chapter also contains theoretical discussion about the practical and ethical implications of teaching crime fiction in a turbulent and transitional socio-political context. To end, the chapter comments on the high points of this teaching experience and on some of the challenges encountered.


Postcolonial Crime fiction Pedagogy South Africa Apartheid Engaged pedagogy 



I wish to thank Dr Sue Southwood of the Rhodes University Centre for Higher Education Research Teaching and Learning for her kind assistance with the writing of this chapter. And I am always grateful to my students, who make teaching a constantly exciting learning experience.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Literary Studies in EnglishRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa

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