School of English

Islam, Literature and the 'West' (Q3024)

Islam, Literature and the 'West'

Module Q3024

Module details for 2010/11.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

In both domestic and international contemporary politics, few issues are more urgent than the widely perceived 'clash' between the ideologies of Western European capitalism and Islamic radicalism. This module will offer students the opportunity to examine in detail the shifting terms in which the encounter between a Christian 'West' and an Islamic 'East' has been conducted in predominantly English Literatures, from the rhetoric of the early crusades to the present day. Covering a broad range of texts and genres, and including some journalism and film, emphasis will be placed upon concepts of Holy War; Islam on the early modern English stage; the emerging study of the 'Orient' in the seventeenth century and the first English Qur'an; Enlightenment fantasies of the 'East' and Muhammad; the Romantics and the 'East'; the Rushdie 'Affair'; and more recent developments of this encounter both before and after September 11th, 2001.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the concepts raised by their special subject.

Understand the impact of cultural and social processes on the production of literature and other media.

Be able to define a topic for research which is appropriate to the course.

Be able to organise complex material in an extended piece of written work.

Dissertation (5000 words)End of Year Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Prof Matthew Dimmock


Dr Alistair Davies

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