Key Concepts for Global Literatures and Cultures (SMLM235)

StaffDr Katharine Murphy - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • This module offers you the opportunity to learn about global literatures and cultures in the modern and pre-modern period from a range of experts in the field, to equip you better to communicate and operate in a globalised world.
  • The module will allow you to engage with current debates in this area, and to understand key concepts and trends

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Identify and assess globalism, transnationality, coloniality, and postcoloniality in global literature and culture through time and in relation to geography and genre.
  • 2. Relate literary and cultural production to factors such as race, gender, income and education.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Analyse and account for the specific features of cultural production across a range of contexts and through time.
  • 4. Assess how ideas and genres cross geographical, linguistic and political borders.
  • 5. Engage critically with theoretical discourses relating to global literatures and cultures.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Interpret and analyse complex textual and cultural artefacts.
  • 7. Assimilate significant quantities of data (written text and visual sources) and relate this to exemplars or case studies.
  • 8. Express yourself clearly and with precision in oral and written form

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction, structure and Methodology
  • Global/Globalisation (pre-modernist)
  • Global/Globalisation (modernist)
  • Translation/Transformation (pre-modernist)
  • Translation/Transformation (modernist)
  • Encounter/Entanglement (pre-modernist)
  • Encounter/Entanglement (modernist)
  • Global/Globalisation (case study: pre-modern)
  • Global/Globalisation (case study: modern)
  • Translation/Transformation (case study: pre-modern)
  • Translation/Transformation (case study: modern)
  • Encounter/Entanglement (case study: pre-modern)
  • Encounter/Entanglement (case study: modern)
  • Concluding workshop

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching77 x 1 hour Lectures (introductory classes)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching157 x 2 hour seminars plus 1 x 1 hour concluding workshop
Guided Independent Study278Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual supervisions 10-15 minutes 1-8Tutorial. Oral feedbacks

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research report252500 words1-8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Essay755000 words1-8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research reportResearch report1-8Referral/Deferral Period
EssayEssay1-8Referral/Deferral Period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • Amin, Samir, Global History: A View from the South (Cape Town: Pambazuka Press, 2010), pp. 1-49.
  • Casanova, Pascale, The World Republic of Letters, ConvergencesÃ?¢ï¿½Ã?¯: Inventories of the Present (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004)
  • Chaudhuri, Rosinka, and Elleke Boehmer, eds., The Indian Postcolonial: A Critical Reader (New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 163-176.
  • Haen, Theo d’, David Damrosch, and Djelal Kadir, eds., The Routledge Companion to World Literature (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2012).
  • Heng, Geraldine, ‘The Global Middle Ages: An Experiment in Collaborative Humanities, or Imagining the World, 500–1500 C.E.’, English Language Notes, 47.1 (2009), 205–16.
  • Jameson, Fredric, and Masao Miyoshi, eds., The Cultures of Globalization (Durham, N.C: Duke University Press, 1998)
  • Kalliney, Peter J., Modernism in a Global Context (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • Said, Edward W., Culture and Imperialism (London: Vintage, 1994)
  • Saussy, Haun ed., Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization (Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)
  • Scheidel, Walter ed., Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Wallerstein, Immanuel, The Modern World-System, 4 vols (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2011), v1 (2011), pp. xvii-11.
  • Wollaeger, Mark A., and Matt Eatough, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

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Globalisation, Modern, Pre-modern, medieval, colonialism, postcolonialism