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LANG6032 Narrative, Place, Identity

Module Overview

This module investigates how cultural narratives have been produced, disseminated and consumed across national boundaries since the mid-twentieth century. Through examination of a range of narrative forms, including fiction, essay, memoir, film and photography produced by artists and thinkers from across the world, the module seeks to deepen your understanding of transnational models of hybridity, migration, cultural translation and ideas of place and displacement. Throughout, we will engage closely with critical approaches that consider the implications of class, race, gender, disability and other forms of identity, and the role of centres and peripheries in their formation.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • advanced conceptualisations, theories and debates around cultural narrative, identity, imperialism, colonisation, migration, globalisation and representation
  • working and thinking globally and across cultures, at an advanced level
  • how culture manifests and is disseminated through global exchange and encounter, at an advanced level
  • how to engage, at a high level, with cultural texts in a variety of forms.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate advanced theoretical approaches to cultural narrative, place and identity
  • communicate a high-level academic argument in written and oral form
  • demonstrate confidence and skill when engaging in high-level academic discussion and debate
  • interpret and reflect critically, at an advanced level, on a range of global cultural texts
  • employ critical and cultural theory in high-level analysis of cultural trends, narratives and texts
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate complex, advanced ideas and arguments in an essay format
  • communicate advanced, complex ideas and arguments orally
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of printed and electronic sources
  • reach an advanced level of global and cultural awareness
  • manage deadlines and make effective use of your time
  • engage in advanced debate around complex, high-level ideas and theories
  • engage in high-level analysis of texts and arguments


The syllabus will vary from year to year, but might include, for example, segments on colonialism and postcolonialism, the dynamics of global North and South representation, cultural crossings and displacement, global ecologies and environments, and/or the textual or visual representation of race, gender and/or disability.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and individual tutorials, alongside in-depth independent study.

Guided independent study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kaplan, Caren (1998). Questions of Travel: Postmodern Discourses of Displacement. 

Mudimbe, V. Y. (1988). The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy and the Order of Knowledge. 

Patterson, Orlando (1982). Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study. 

Rodney, Walter (1972). How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. 

Ang, Ien (2001). On Not Speaking Chinese: Living between Asia and the West. 

Gómez-Barris, Macarena (2017). The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives. 

Mbembe, Achille (2001). On the Postcolony / De la postcolonie: essai sur l'imagination politique dans l'Afrique contemporaine. 

Appadurai, Arjun (1996). Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation. 

Fanon, Frantz (1961). The Wretched of the Earth / Les damnés de la terre. 

Said, Edward (1978). Orientalism. 

Galeano, Eduardo (1971). Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent / Las venas abiertas de América Latina. 

Chakrabarty, Dipesh (2000). Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. 

Williams, Patrick, and Laura Chrisman, eds (1993). Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory: A Reader. 

Hartman, Saidiya (1997). Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework plan 20%
Essay  (4000 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework plan 20%
Essay  (4000 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework plan 20%
Essay  (4000 words) 80%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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