Contemporary Middle East Fiction B: Race, Gender and Resistance
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- Year 2, Year 3 of 3 or Year 4
- Term 2
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This module intrroduces students to the major aspects of contemporary Middle Eastern fiction from the 20th and 21st century through the theme of race, gender and resistence. It will look at how resistence is expressed in relation to violence, freedom and humour in the fictional world and expressions of where resistance has failed. It will introduce students to postcolonial studies to anchor contemporary critical race and gender critique within literary studes. It will also engage with freedom-fighting narratives as well as intersectional identites of resistance where race, class and gender (among others) come together.
There are no pre-requisites for this module.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
- improve the skills of sustained close reading of literary texts;
- analyse relevant historical, political and sociel events affecting contemporary Middle East in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries;
- recognise major discussions in the field of postcolonial and literary studies, critical race theory and gender studies.
This module is taught over ten weeks with two hours of classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
- The colonial and postcolonial Context of the development of modern Middle Eastern fiction
- Freedom narratives
- Identity politics and resistence
- Questioning political authority
- Resisting the state/failure to resist
- Inner and outer exile
- Literary Genres: memoir, short story and the novel
- Literary Modes: parody, satire, irony and allegory
Method of assessment
- AS1: Reaction Paper (1,000 words), due Term 2 (20%)
- AS2: 10 minute virtual presentation (narrated powerpoint or video presentation), due Term 2 (30%)
- AS3: Essay (2,000 words), due Term 3 (50%)
- The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page
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