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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.
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.
A student passing this module should be able to:
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