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ENGL1093 English on the Move

Module Overview

English has always been on the move. As a literary language, it has not only travelled from and back to England; lines of influence between texts, authors, publishers, editors, book technologies, and readers traverse the globe in multiple directions, between many places. Correspondingly, literary genres have always been mobile. They have taken shape and become significant in different ways across world cultures, and through encounters between different languages. This module gives you the opportunity to explore how ‘English’ as a literary language; as an overlapping range of imaginative genres; and as an academic discipline has always been in transit.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the relationship of Literatures in English to other languages.
  • English Literature in its global contexts.
  • the connections and collisions between national literature and national identity.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • question the relationship between ‘England’ and ‘English Literature’.
  • debate the historical and geographical lives of literary genres.
  • respond creatively and knowledgeably to questions about the value and circulation of literature.
  • draw on literary and cultural histories when analysing individual texts.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • think and write critically about cultural production.
  • debate the constitution of national, regional, and world cultures.


Beginning in the 21st century, we will travel back through one thousand years of Literatures written in ‘English’ that are not only or exactly ‘English’. By the time we arrive in the tenth century and we encounter the foundational texts of ‘English literature’, you will not be surprised to find yourself in a place that is not England, reading a language that is evidently the product of worldly encounters. Across the course of the module, we will read primary literary works written from and about various parts of the globe; from Zanzibar to England, Scandinavia to India, America to Nigeria. Alongside this reading, we will work with critical secondary texts that are key to ongoing debates about: - the establishment of English Literature as a discipline, and the canonisation of literary epochs, styles, and authors; - the relationship between literary production, and national consciousness and identity; - the complex and transitory, local and global formation of literary genres; - the long and continuing history of ‘English literature’ as an encounter with other languages. We will also work with emerging theories and terms that are encouraging various local, regional, and worldly futures of literatures written in English.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, learning support hours, and individual consultations. Learning methods include independent study and group discussion. This module includes a Learning Support Hour. This is a flexible weekly contact hour, designed to support and respond to the particular cohort taking the module from year to year. This hour may include (but may not be limited to) activities such as language, theory and research skills classes; group work supervisions; assignment preparation and essay writing guidance; assignment consultations; feedback and feed-forward sessions.

Independent Study30
Completion of assessment task50
Follow-up work10
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Please do not buy this book. Access to relevant chapters will be provided.

Wars of Position. Please do not buy this book. Access to relevant chapters will be provided.

Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India. Please do not buy this book. Access to relevant chapters will be provided.

What is a World? On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature. Please do not buy this book. Access to relevant chapters will be provided.


Assessment Strategy

Two essays.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1100 words) 30%
Essay  (2200 words) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2200 words) 70%
Essay  (1100 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  () 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Details of books you need to borrow or buy will be sent to you before the start of term.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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