Experiences of The Color Purple

Learning outcomes

During Experiences of The Color Purple, you will learn about postcolonial theory, advanced linking words and to write an essay based on Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple (1982). The main skills that you will improve are reading, adapting to theory, writing and discussing.

You will learn by reading the novel and participate in written discussions. Finally, you will be assessed by writing a 400-800 word Digiexam essay.

Successful students will be able to:

  • Read and describe the characters and events from The Color Purple and postcolonial theory.

  • Compare examples from The Color Purple with postcolonial theory.

  • Write with varied, precise, correct vocabulary and grammar, and structure using linking words.

  • Discuss a personal connection to The Color Purple and postcolonial theory.

Purpose, content, and assessment for learning


Colonialism, and post-colonialism which is the study of colonial effects, attempts to understand the past historical events that shaped the politics and cultures of colonilzed countries. Many of these changes are now visible in literature authored in post-colonial times. Not only were borders reshaped, but the way people see themselves existentially and socially.

Colonial theory illustrates the dynamics of how native groups are seen as other, exotic and uncivilised by the colonisers while the colonisers both enforced and birthed European and language supremacy. The literature written in post-colonial cultures create a mix of otherness seen through the English language.

As an English language student, it is this important to understand how global history can be understood through literature and how language has played a part in shaping our world. This level is concerned with the real impact of colonialism in Africa and how these events shaped African-American fiction, history and dialects.

As a group, you discuss your reading experience. Individually you will write an essay with the theme #reacttoTheColorPurple using Digiexam.

Core contents:

  • Theoretical and complex subject areas, also of a more scientific nature, related to students' education, chosen specialisation area, societal issues and working life ; thoughts, opinions, ideas, experiences and feelings; cultural expressions in modern times and historically, such as literary periods.

  • Societal issues, cultural, historical, political and social conditions, and also ethical and existential issues in different contexts and parts of the world where English is used.

  • Contemporary and older literature and other fiction in various genres such as drama.

  • Texts of different kinds and for different purposes, such as agreements, indepth articles and scientific texts (Skolverket, 2011)

Knowledge requirements

  • Understanding of spoken and written English, and also the ability to interpret content.

  • The ability to express oneself and communicate in English in speech and writing.

  • The ability to adapt language to different purposes, recipients and situations.

  • The ability to discuss and reflect on living conditions, social issues and cultural features in different contexts and parts of the world where English is used.