War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters)
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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course a student will have acquired a knowledge of key literary texts in English translation that refer to the experience of war, revolution and independence in South East Asia. The focus will be on novels, poetry and short stories from Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar. Students will have learned how to read and evaluate these texts critically and to understand them in terms of the cultural, political and historical contexts in which they were composed.
In terms of generic skills, students will have had the opportunity to improve their ability to distil information from secondary sources and to collate this information in the composition of one lengthy essay. They will also have learned how to extract and process information from literary sources, and to combine their observation of these sources with secondary, background readings considered in tutorials. Students will learn how to contribute constructively to debates, how to accommodate the views of others in the learning group and how to present and articulate their own views orally.