5ABA0001 Literature of Empire
Credit value: 15 credits
Module convenor: Professor Ziad Elmarsafy
Assessment: 1 x 4,000 word essay (100%); coursework reassessment in exam period 3.
Teaching pattern: One hour lecture and one hour seminar, weekly
Reassessment: Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
This module for students in their second year offers a series of readings of texts marked by the experience of imperialism and colonialism, including Tacitus, Juvenal, Albert Camus, Assia Djebar, Tayeb Salih, Aimé Césaire, Derek Walcott and Edward Said. The focus will be on imperialism within and beyond Europe, which will provide students with the opportunity to compare 19th and 20th c imperialism with studies of classical empires. Assessment is by one 4,000 word essay, in which students are asked to relate individual texts to wider themes, which may include imperialism, identity, theories of race and ethnography, representations of landscape and geographical imaginaries, culture and imperialism, and imperial and colonial ideologies.
This module is open to students on degree programmes other than those offered by the Department of Comparative Literature (subject to approval by the module convenor and availability of places).
The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.