SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2016/2017
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Taught in:
Term 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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.


A total of 11 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One two hour examination taken in May/June (50%); one essay of 3,500 - 4,000 words to be submitted on Friday, week 1 of the term following that in which the course is taught (50%).

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list for this course will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the course.


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