Women in Translation: Gender and Publishing in the 21st Century (SML3040)

15 credits

This module introduces you to the translated literature market in the UK, focusing on how contemporary women writers blend autobiography and fiction to shed light on historical events, cultural phenomena, and gender inequality. From a cry for freedom that calls French cultural identity into question and an ancient Albanian tradition that makes women live as men to a poignant reflection on the effects of Soviet rule on a single family and a hilariously caustic view of sex education in Colombia in the 1990s, each of these books has an important message to share about women, history, and political change.

All texts will be studied in English translation.

Please note that one text depicts a short scene of sexual violence. The tutor will signal this in advance, and students may elect not to discuss it.