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SEL2205 : Fictions of Migration

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Emily Murphy
  • Lecturer: Dr Neelam Srivastava, Dr Barbara Franchi, Dr Sadek Kessous, Dr Jack Webb
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading184:0084:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to the knowledge outcomes. Seminars develop this knowledge through small group dialogue.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M25One 1000-word textual commentary
Essay2A75One 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.

Reading Lists