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Could anyone help me with identifying a few English literature departments who have a specialism in global or postcolonial literature?
You'll probably find that most undergraduate literature courses will have global and postcolonial modules that you can study - and at undergraduate level, the amount of specialisation you can do is likely to be limited to a few modules and your final dissertation/project.
This is because most BA literature courses offer a 'survey' structure that gives you an overview of literature in English across different periods, genres, and theoretical and contextual situations, which then allows you to better contextualise more specialist/targeted research that you might undertake both in your final project/dissertation and, potentially, at postgraduate level.
At Keele, for example, we offer programmes in English Literature, English and American Literature, and English and Creative Writing (as well as joint honours options), with optional modules in our second and third years that are based around staff research interests. A number of our staff research in the fields of postcolonial and global literatures so, in the current academic year, there is an optional module on Postcolonial and World Literature in English (https://www.keele.ac.uk/catalogue/current/eng-30056.htm) that reflects this interest. In addition, many of our other modules will also consider postcolonial and world contexts as part of the course content. For example, another of our option modules on 'Sex, Society and Scandal in the Eighteenth-Century' had a session that examined the presentation of goods and commodities from English colonies and their presentation in poems such as Alexander Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock'.
That isn't to say that there aren't specialist courses out there - it looks as if University of Kent does an English and Postcolonial Literatures BA programme - however if you do a quick search for courses you'll find a much wider variety of specialist courses in global and postcolonial literatures at MA level.
If you're keen to ensure that you can study global and postcolonial literatures on your BA course, take a look at the modules being run and the staff research interests of the departments you are thinking of joining. Whilst module choices at most universities vary year on year depending on staff availability, the current module choices catalogues will give you a good idea about the range of options that might be open to you on the course and the kinds of texts that staff are working with, researching, and teaching. It will also help ensure there is a supervisor who can support any final project or dissertation, if you wish to specialist in global/postcolonial writing for that.
Hope that helps!