World Art and Literature

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Module overview

The World Art and Literature module provides an international perspective for the exploration of comparative literary and visual themes, as students develop an understanding of the dynamic relationship between art, literature and society, and assess the contribution that they make to global and cultural processes. Both aspects of the module highlight the importance of historical and geographical context in the creation and interpretation of artistic and literary works but also focus on issues and debates that have shaped the modern world, such as postcolonialism, migration, gender, sexuality and the environment. As well as emphasising synergies between art and literature, the syllabus takes an inter-disciplinary approach by drawing on connections with other subject areas like media and communications, anthropology, sociology and politics. The module also capitalises on SOAS' campus in the heart of London, and spends regular lesson time in major museums, galleries and historic literary locations


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