Module/Course Description

Course Title: Exile and Diaspora

Course Code: UU-LIT-3550-ZM

Programme: Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature - ZM

Credits: 12.00

Course Description:

Background and Rationale


Exile has been interpreted as an archetypal human experience and a metaphor for artistic creation. This course examines the concept of exile and its various mythological, cultural, historical and psychological parameters, as represented in narratives drawn from twentieth-century English, French, American and Indian, Arab literature. Selected fiction and non-fiction texts (novels, short stories, essays) will be contextualized within a broad thematic repertoire, including estrangement, memory, nostalgia, homeland, adopted country, diaspora, eternal return, translingualism, identity, cosmopolitanism, globalization, transnationalism, and inter-cultural communication.

Learning Outcomes


After completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
• recognise and describe the cultural practices of diaspora and exile communities as interdisciplinary and cross-cultural phenomena
• evaluate the political, historical, social and artistic factors in the cultural production of diaspora and exile communities
• practice analytical and close reading skills on cultural practices of diaspora and exile communities
• sharpen awareness of cross-disciplinary and intercultural influences between different art forms
• appreciate various formal characteristics of the cultural practices of diaspora and exile communities
• understand, assess and compare different theoretical conceptions of diaspora and exile and the cultural practices of diaspora and exile communities

Prerequisites: UU-Bsc-IND100-ZM, UU-FNT-103-ZM

Prerequisites Categories: Semester 1, Semester 2, Semester 3, Semester 4

Typical Module duration: 4.0 Week(s)

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