HM6803: Literature and Nation

HM6803: Literature and Nation

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Literature and Nation
Module Code HM6803
Module Tutor Charlotte Beyer
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module focuses on the relationship between literature, nation and identity. We explore processes of decolonisation through reading and re-reading modern and contemporary texts which write back to Empire and literary tradition.  

Indicative Syllabus

This module focuses on the relationship between literature, nation and identity. We explore processes of decolonisation through reading and re-reading texts which write back to Empire and literary tradition.  We examine a range of modern and contemporary texts from the UK and world literature, looking at issues such as multiculturalism, diaspora, intersectionality, gender and sexuality.  Examples of texts studied include Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea and writing back to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre;  Doris Pilkington's Rabbit-Proof Fence;  James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man;  Margaret Atwood's Surfacing;  and Jackie Kay's The Adoption Papers.  We engage with different forms of writing, such as the coming-of-age novel, neo-historical fiction, YA literature;  autobiographical and experimental writing, poetry, and more.  We will also encounter critical material, such as Sara Ahmed's "Declarations of Whiteness: The Non-Performativity of Racism" (2004).  Student progress is supported through detailed academic guidance and pastoral support.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Relate a sophisticated understanding of major post-1900 British and postcolonial literary developments, and their social and cultural contexts
  2. Articulate an advanced knowledge and understanding of British and postcolonial literature, and related concepts and theories, through close reading and textual analysis, and the use of appropriate critical vocabulary
  3. Employ sophisticated comparative and analytical skills to show confidence and dexterity in analysing complex forms of literary language and rhetoric, and evaluate these appropriately and critically but fairly
  4. Produce and present confident, sustained, and sophisticated discussions arguments that showing flair and intellectual nuance in their writing and expression
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 48
Independent Learning Hours: 252
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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