SEL2205 : Fictions of Migration
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Fionnghuala Sweeney
- Lecturer: Dr Neelam Srivastava, Professor James Procter, Mr Sadek Kessous
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To introduce students to some of the major world fictions of movement and migration across the twentieth century. To provide students with a critical and theoretical vocabulary for the discussion and analysis of this fiction. To expose students to the diverse ways in which notions of exile, diaspora, empire, neo-colonialism, post-colonialism, globalisation, tourism, terrorism, and so forth, have marked twentieth century literature. To allow students to think beyond the sedentary categories of national literatures (e.g. British literature) associated with traditional canons.
Outline Of Syllabus
The syllabus will cover one novel/ short story collection per week. Lectures will locate these works in terms of key themes, issues and debates of the module (e.g. globalisation, gender and sexuality, terrorism).
Texts typically include:
Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Caryl Phillips, Cambridge
Sam Selvon, Ways of Sunlight
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist
T Salih, Season of Migration to the North
Hari Kunzru, Transmission
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||40:00||40:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||84:00||84:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||30:00||30:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce students to the knowledge outcomes. Seminars develop this knowledge through small group dialogue.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||25||One 1000-word textual commentary|
|Essay||1||A||75||One 3,000 word essay|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The 1000 word mid-semester essay will involve a close reading of an extract from one of the set texts. It will allow students to reflect on their progress at an early stage, and provide them with feedback they can build upon in the end of semester essay. The 3000 word end of semester essay will require students to engage comparatively and conceptually with the set texts. Students will have to select texts from both the first and second half of the module to ensure engagement does not tail off in the final weeks.
Alternative Assessment for Study Abroad Semester 1 only: Study Abroad students in semester 1 are able to submit their portfolio electronically or in hard copy by registered mail.