Contemporary Middle East Fiction A: Identity and Belonging
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- Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
- Term 1
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- FHEQ Level
This module intrroduces students to the major themes of contemporary Middle Eastern fiction from the 20th and 21st century through the concepts of identity and belonging. It will familiarise them with the historical, cultural, and political dimensions of the region through analysis and close reading of literary texts. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with the theoretical and critical language of literary studies.
There are no pre-requisites for this module.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
- Demonstrate the skills of a 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 literary studies
This module is taught over ten weeks with two hours of classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
- Nation and Nationalism
- The emergence of the nation as a paradigm for individual and communal identity
- The nation as woman
- National allegories in fiction
- 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 1 (20%)
- AS2: 10 minute virtual presentation (narrated powerpoint or video presentation), due Term 1 (30%)
- AS3: Essay (2,000 words), due Term 2 (50%)
- The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page
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