Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||2 hours per semester|
|Lecture||1 hour per week|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours written examination (2 essay questions)||60%|
|Semester Assessment||2 x 1500 word essays||40%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours written examination||100%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to
- situate debates on language and identity within a European context
- have some understanding of the significance of such issues in the constitution of both national and European identity
- have an understanding of the relationship between the centre and periphery within the European nation-states examined
- understand the usefulness of a comparative and pan-European approach to issues of this type
The module provides an introduction, by a variety of case-studies focused on France, Germany, Italy and Spain, to issues of identity, nationality, and language which have been of central importance to the development of Europe.
The module will explore fundamental conflicts between nationality and 'Europeanness'; centre and periphery; regions and nation-states; cultural and historical particularism and a shared European heritage and identity.
It will draw on research expertise in the Department and offer students a combination of approaches embedded in specific languages and cultures which they are unlikely to have experienced before. It will ensure that students in European Languages have the opportunity to acquire some understanding of the broader European picture into which their chosen language(s) fit(s). It will provide a non-language-specific general preparation for subsequent study of society, politics, language and culture of all the languages taught in the Department. It will be open to students outside the Department and presupposes no linguistic competence.
The module is deliberately 'thin' in order to allow students, over the duration of the module, to assimilate the ideas concerned and to deepen their understanding of the underlying general themes.
Reading ListGeneral Text
Hooper, J (1995) The New Spaniards (or later edition) Penguin Primo search Kurlansky, M The Basque History of the World Jonathan Cape Primo search Le Roy Ladurie, E (2001) Histoire de France des regions: la peripherie française des origines a nos jours Seuil Primo search Ross, Christopher J (2000) Spain 1812-1996 Arnold Primo search Sahlins, Peter (1989) Boundaries: the making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees University of California Press Primo search Tosi, Arturo (2001) Language and society in a changing Italy Multilingual Matters Primo search Wesseling, H L (2002) Certain Ideas of France: Essays on French History and Civilization Greenwood Press Primo search Recommended Text
Cavalli-Sforza, Luigi Luca (2001) Genes, peoples and languages Penguin, London Primo search Hobsbawm, E J (1992) Nations and nationalism since 1780. Programme, myth, reality 1990, second edn. 1992 CUP Primo search Wright, Sue (2000) Community and Communication. The role of language in nation state building and European integration Multilingual Matters Primo search Supplementary Text
Language and Nationalism in Europe Short Loan Items Oxf.U.P. Primo search Baranski, Zygmunt G. (edition 2001) Cambridge companion to modern Italian culture Short Loan Items part pages. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press Primo search Barbour, Stephen Variation in German Short Loan Items Camb.U.P. Primo search Carr, Raymond Modern Spain,1875-1980 Short Loan Items edition n.e. Oxf.U.P. Primo search Clyne, Michael G. German Language in a Changing Europe Short Loan Items edition 2r.e.of. Camb.U.P. Primo search Elliott, J.H. Imperial Spain 1469-1716 Short Loan Items edition 2r.e. Penguin Primo search Forgacs, David Italian Cultural Studies Short Loan Items Oxf.U.P. Primo search Hooper, John New Spaniards Short Loan Items edition 2r.e.of. Penguin Primo search Kurlansky, Mark Basque history of the world Short Loan Items London : Vintage Primo search Le Roy Ladurie, Emmanuel Histoire de France des regions Short Loan Items Paris : Seuil Primo search Maiden, Martin Linguistic History of Italian Short Loan Items Longman Primo search Ross, Christopher J Spain,1812-1996 Short Loan Items Arnold Primo search Sahlins, Peter Boundaries Short Loan Items Univ.California P. Primo search Stevenson, Patrick German-speaking World Short Loan Items Routledge Primo search Tosi Language and society in a changing Italy Short Loan Items Clevedon ; Buffalo : Multilingual Matters Primo search Wesseling, H.L. Certain Ideas of France Short Loan Items Greenwood Press,London Primo search Recommended Consultation
Baranski, Z G & West, R J (2001) The Cambridge companion to modern Italian culture Cambridge University Press Primo search Barbour, S & Carmichael, C (eds) (2000) Language and Nationalism in Europe Oxford University Press Primo search Barbour, S & Stevenson, P (1990) Variation in German Cambridge University Press Primo search Carr, Raymond (2001) Modern Spain 1875-1980 Oxford University Press Primo search Clyne, M (1995) The German Language in a Changing Europe Cambridge University Press Primo search Elliott, J H Imperial Spain 1469-1716 Penguin Primo search Forgacs, D & Lumley, R (1996) Italian cultural studies: an introduction Oxford University Press Primo search Maiden, M (1995) A linguistic history of Italian Longman Primo search Stevenson, P (1997) The German-Speaking World Routledge Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 4