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EN4424 Nationalists and Nomads: Contemporary World Literature

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Thu

In an era of globalisation who 'speaks' the nation-state? How do communities negotiate their borders? Who 'belongs' and who decides? This module explores the changing nature of the nation-state and cultural expressions of belonging in the wake of decolonisation, independence, revolution and globalisation. Exploring a diverse range of texts drawn from across the globe, we will question the significance of 'world literature' and its relation to postcolonialism, 'cosmopolitanism' and national literatures. From the Haitian Revolution, nationalist struggles in India and Africa, state oppression and dictatorships in the New World, to globalisation and cosmopolitanism, this module is an opportunity to reflect on the pressures facing our global imagined communities in the late twentieth- and twenty-first-centuries.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group E Optional for English

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

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 L M Burns
Module teaching staff:Dr L M Burns