|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||10 x 2hour seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||30 minute group summative oral presentation Continuous Assessment: 1 essay (2,500 words)||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||In the event of failure in the oral presentation, a 15 minute written script on a new topic, written as if to be delivered, with visual aids, to be submitted Resubmit or resit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements||40%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
: demonstrate a detailed knowlede of a range of international queer novels from 1990's-present day and show understanding of the nuances of international conceptions of queerness;
: articulate this knowledge in the form of reasoned critical analysis of particular text: s
: locate the texts studied in appropriate national, literary, historical, cultural and critical contexts
: demonstrate, through oral presentation, a critical understanding of the themes, forms and contexts of contemporary queer fiction.
This module focuses on the field of contemporary queer fiction, examining queer sexuality and gender issues and placing them in their historical theoretical and global content and form in their exploration of the changing issues and placing them in their historical, theoretical and global content and form in their exploration of the changing issues faced by queer writers over the last twenty years, and how this is affected by ethnic, geographical and national identities. We will use both queer fiction and queer theory to analyse how sexuality and assimilation and radical otherness have evolved since the 1990's. The module asks students to look at how these factors shape the novels under discussion and how, in turn, the novels respond to the particular challenges the debates present. The module is divided into three sections, each of which covers a specific theme: the homonational in section 1; ideas of belonging and how this is conveyed variously in section 2; connections between time, geographical place and the construction of identity in section 3. All three sections also interrogate the key theme of the construction of gender and sexuality with particular reference to comparing how these issues are explored in literatures concerned with different global societies.
This is a redesigned option developed to fill a gap in the portfolio of modules currently available. It will focus on world literature dealing with sexuality and gender issues written between 1994 and the present day, and will explore literary and cultural issues relevant to the topic.
Week 1: Introductory: "You Can Have My Brown Body and Eat It Too2, Hiram Perez, Social Text 23, 2005. Plus selected reading from Posttcolonial, Queer: Theoretical Instructions, John Hawley, 2001, selections from recent queer'zines (available via qzap.org) and The Complete Dykes to Watch Out For, Alison Bechdel, 2010.
Week 2: Funny Boy, 1994, Shyam Selvadurai.
Week 3: Middlesex, 2002, Jeffrey Eugenides
Section Two: "Homing Instincts": Belonging Queerly:
Week 4: Embrace, 2001, Mark Behr
Week 5: Stone Butch Blues, 1994, Leslie Feinberg
Week 6: A Life Apart, 2008, Neel Mukherjee
Week 7: A Married Woman, 2011, Manju Kapur
Section Three: Fragments: time, place and selfhood
Week 8: Fun Home, 2006, Alison Bechdel
Week 9: Children fo the Sun, 2010, Max Schaefer
Week 10: Dahlia Seasons/Girl meets Boy, 2007/2007, Myriam Gurbha & Ali Smith
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||N/A|
|Communication||(Oral) Through group discussions and presentations|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Through independent reding and research|
|Information Technology||Powerpoint and online research|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Critical self-reflection and through the development of transferrable communication and research skills.|
|Problem solving||By developing evaluative analysis and critical skills and by formulating and conducting a detailed argument.|
|Research skills||By relating literary texs to historical contexts and by synthesising information in an evaluative argument|
|Subject Specific Skills||Detailed critical/theoretical analysis of literary texts and evaluation of broad intellectual concepts.|
|Team work||Through group presentations|
This module is at CQFW Level 6