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National and Transnational Literatures - ARTS3033

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major/minor in English and 12 uoc at Level 2 in an Enlglish major/minor
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This is a shelf course. A shelf course comprises a number of modules related to this broad area of study. Each module is a separate semester of study in this area and is offered in rotation. You can study TWO modules but you cannot study the same module twice.

Subject Area: English

The course will cover topics most relevant to the reading of global literatures in English: the impact of colonialism and its engagement by postcolonial societies; the literary consequences of exile and diaspora; the impact of ideas of race and indigeneity; the representation of gender; the operation of Orientalism and its resistance; the transformation of English literary languages; the characteristics of transnational literatures; and the diversity of expatriate writing.

Module: "Postcolonial Literatures"
This module investigates some of the major issues that arise in literatures written by colonized and formerly colonized peoples around the globe. Using theoretical, cultural, poetic, and fictional texts the course will examine fundamental issues such as representation, race, gender, ethnicity, indigeneity and language transformation. A feature of the course will be the study of Aboriginal writing.

Module: "Literary Mobilities- Diasporic/Expatriate Writing"(Semester 1, 2011)
This module examines problems and issues in literary and cultural texts produced by diasporic, migrant and expatriate writers. Various works are analysed to investigate issues such as cultural identity, subjectivity, displacement, memory, family and home. It investigates the complex nature of these issues, examines their cultural and cross-cultural contexts, and explains their significance in a period of increasing global mobility. Ultimately, the course is designed to enable students to deepen and broaden their appreciation of global literatures in English.

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