DELC 343: Writing in the Margins: Narrating Cross-cultural Experience
'Writing in the margins: narrating cross-cultural experience' is a course for anyone who is fascinated by literature, history, testimony, culture and personal identity. It considers a series of memorable narratives by 21st century, European born authors, including documentary films. It offers an introduction to contemporary theories of identity and writing and to the historical contexts within which each of the narratives is situated. Through autobiographical accounts, films or semi-fictional stories, the works studied describe the experience of being caught 'between cultures' as a result of travel or involuntary displacement brought about by war or social upheaval. All the works are contemporary and by writers either living or who have only very recently, prematurely, died. They reflect on questions of culture and identity and the relationship between history and personal destiny in a world marked by trauma, border-crossing, cultural fragmentation and discontinuity. It also raises issues of the post-colonial links between countries within Europe and between Europe and other parts of the world, notably India, North Africa and America.
- Convenor: Dr Robert Crawshaw
- Term: Michaelmas
- Assessment: Coursework (40%); Examination (60%)
- Language: This module is taught in English and all texts are available in English