The focus of this short course incorporates key literary genres which have shaped world literatures, encompassing modern, postmodern and postcolonial texts reflecting contemporary debates around race, gender, sexuality and class. Emerging issues and themes such as migration, urban life, the modern self, money and climate change inform our readings of a broad range of texts. Important Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Joseph Conrad are placed alongside urgent new voices such as the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the Dominican-American novelist Junot Diaz and the course gives students the opportunity to examine texts which explore how characters negotiate complex transnational realities and transcultural linguistic spheres.
Students are required to complete a short Independent Study Project. This task is designed to allow you to engage actively and creatively with the materials and ideas informing the course. You will choose a writer of interest to you and whose work is relevant to the themes and issues studied on the course. You will be supported and guided as you prepare a short oral presentation on this writer’s work.
Through exploration, comparison and contrast students will be supported in lectures, seminars and on-site fieldwork sessions as they learn to think independently and engage critically and creatively with a range of exciting and important literary texts
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