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Module

SEL2205 : Fictions of Migration

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

Aims

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

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable