The Migrant Writer: Postcolonialism and Creativity (903Q3B)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

'To write ... is to travel', according to Iain Chambers; the module will use this idea to explore the displacement of the writing subject within the historical context of globalisation and postcolonial migration. The work of key migrant writers will be analysed in relation to central concepts in literary and cultural criticism: hybridity and dialogical discourse, the development of 'border languages', mimicry and the migrant subject, homelessness and the creation of new cartographies, the politics of witnessing, the cultural representation of trauma, and diasporic and non-originary histories. 

In the first half of the module we will consider these concepts in relation to texts from a wide range of transnational sites; in the second half they will be studied in relation to the contested spaces of Islam in the West and the Cambodian genocide.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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