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2006/07 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3500 Nation and Narration

20 creditsClass Size: 30

English

Module manager: Dr Ananya Kabir
Email: A.J.Kabir@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2006/07

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is restricted to Level 3 students on named BA programmes with English and visiting students.

Objectives

To examine ways in which the novel has given form to the nation in British and Commonwealth writing: in particular to consider selected novels as examples of an imaginative mapping of communal space, or as 'imagining' a national identity.

Skills outcomes
Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
Critical reasoning.
Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
IT skills.
Time management and organisational skills.
Independent learning.Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
Critical reasoning.
Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
IT skills.
Time management and organisational skills.
Independent learning.


Syllabus

In recent years national identities have increasingly been spoken of as invented or imagined. In this act of collective imagining, an important role has been played by fiction, especially postcolonial writing from nations that emerged out of Europe's former colonies. This module explores how postcolonial authors from around the world invoke as well as interrogate the idea of the nation. We will ask how fictional narratives of the nation might differ from history, and how fantasy and fiction relate in constructing, or deconstructing, national myths. Accordingly, there will be seminars specifically devoted to how theories of nationalism, narrative, history and fiction might illuminate our reading of the set texts.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Teaching will be through weekly seminars (10 x 1 hour) plus up to 5 additional hours (content to be determined by the module tutor).

Private study

Seminar preparation, reading, essay writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminars.

1st assessed essay (Week 7)

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

1 x 1700 word essay (1/3) (Week 7)

1 x 2750 word essay (2/3) (Week 12)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/02/2007

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