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CO2002 Journeys

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:1.00 pm

This module introduces students to set texts, both canonical and non-canonical, offering variants on the theme of 'Journeys', a topos that embraces both literal and imaginary displacements to 'real' and symbolic places and spaces alike. Read in English translation, the texts are originally written in a range of languages (drawn from Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and English), represent a number of different genres (e.g. novels, letters, film), and span a broad historical range (typically from the thirteenth to the twenty-first century). Students will thus analyse the many ways in which 'Journeys' have been conceived and represented in different literary traditions, genres and at different times. Further work on comparative theories and methodologies as well as issues raised by translation will underpin the module, and will provide students with the opportunity to reflect and build on skills acquired at earlier stages of the comparative literature programme.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Comparative Literature

UG Pre-requisite(s):CO2001
UG Modules required for:Honours Entry

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 lectures, 1 seminar, 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 44
  • Guided independent study: 156

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M Ganofsky
Module teaching staff:Team taught