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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.