- Dr Alice Taylor (Reader - King's College London)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminar||10 x 2 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Short essay 1 x 1,000 word essay||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Project 1 x 4,000 word project||80%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Short essay 1 x 1,000 word essay||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Project 1 x 4,000 word project||80%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of how travel narratives, drama and literature have been used by historians and the challenges of working with these sources.
Demonstrate an understanding of historical debates regarding Orientalism and Anglo-Ottoman interactions.
Analyze and reflect critically on the relationship between the intentions of those who participated in creating a range of relevant sources and their historical value.
Construct cogent historical arguments relating to the Ottoman Empire and early modern travel writing
The objective of the module is to encourage students to familiarize themselves with the genre of literature to which these sources belong, and to investigate English perceptions in the Orientalist context. Students will be given the opportunity to explore these sources and contribute to the Orientalist discussion. Alongside this, they will also gain insight into the impact that these specific interactions and valuable cultural exchanges had on wider historical processes.
This module will provide an additional choice as part of the range of skills, sources and methods modules available to second year students. It will give students an opportunity to consider how travel writing may be used as a source by historians, and will introduce them to the debates regarding Orientalism and the concept of ‘the other’.
1. Introduction to the Ottoman Empire and Anglo-Ottoman interaction
2. The genre of travel literature, histories and travel narratives
3. Biographies and brief background of the writers: Dallam, Bon, Knolles, Sandys, Rycaut, Hill, Montagu, and their works
4. English depictions of `Mahomet' and Islam
5. English perceptions of the spiritual status of Ottoman men and women in the earthly world and the afterlife
6. English perception of Ottoman marriage and divorce
7. English perceptions of Ottoman politics and government
8. Depiction of the Ottomans in early modern English literature in general, and Restoration drama in particular
9. English perceptions of architectural contributions of Ottoman men and women
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||NA|
|Communication||Oral and written communication skills will be developed through seminars and feedback on written work.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Written work will be returned in tutorials where advice will be given regarding the improvement of research and techniques and essay writing skills|
|Information Technology||Through the retrieval of primary and secondary works from online resources and AberLearn Blackboard and through the writing, formatting and printing of essays.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||This module will develop oral and written skills. It will also prepare students for careers which involve the research, critical analysis and presentation of material relevant to a particular problem or set of problems|
|Problem solving||Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to carry out research for seminars and written work.|
|Subject Specific Skills||This module will examine how historians have used particular types of early modern literature and look at debates regarding the Ottomans, and perceptions of the Oriental in general.|
|Team work||Through seminar activities, including seminar leading with another student.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5