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EN4424   Nationalists and Nomads: Contemporary World Literature

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr L M Burns
Module teaching staff: Dr L M Burns