ENGL 2047 - World Literatures in English

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course is designed to provide an understanding of a range of recent world literatures in English. The particular countries, authors and genres covered will vary from year to year, depending on staff availability. We will focus on narrative fiction, but will sometimes also include drama, film and poetry. Here you will gain an understanding of literary works in both their local context and their global transformations. We will consider the key questions of postcolonial theory, assess the usefulness of key postcolonial concepts and concerns in relation to the set texts, and at the same time focus on the rich specificities of the selected literary works in order to answer for ourselves why so many of them have been so highly acclaimed internationally, and why each of them is worth studying.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2047
    Course World Literatures in English
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Incompatible ENGL 2022
    Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with the reading & analysis of literary texts equivalent to Level I English standard
    Course Description This course is designed to provide an understanding of a range of recent world literatures in English. The particular countries, authors and genres covered will vary from year to year, depending on staff availability. We will focus on narrative fiction, but will sometimes also include drama, film and poetry. Here you will gain an understanding of literary works in both their local context and their global transformations. We will consider the key questions of postcolonial theory, assess the usefulness of key postcolonial concepts and concerns in relation to the set texts, and at the same time focus on the rich specificities of the selected literary works in order to answer for ourselves why so many of them have been so highly acclaimed internationally, and why each of them is worth studying.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Meg Samuelson

    The Course Co-ordinator for 2017 is Dr Meg Samuelson
    meg.samuelson@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Analyse a range of world literatures in relation to key debates in literary studies
    2. Think rigorously about the relationship between colonial and postcolonial context and the production and interpretation of literature
    3. Knowledge of major debates and concerns in postcolonial world literatures
    4. Prepare coherently and logically argued written material based on effective use of evidence
    5. Learn to prepare discussion questions that open up enriching ways of engaging with the primary texts
    6. Collaborate effectively with peers in group discussion 
    7. Use contemporary technologies relevant to participation in the course
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3,4,5,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4,5,6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1,2,3,4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Set Texts

    Caryl Phillips, Crossing the River (1993) 
    Romesh Gunesekera, Reef (1994) 
    Abdulrazak Gurnah, By the Sea (2001) 
    Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide (2004) 
    Natasha Soobramanien, Genie and Paul (2012) 
    NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (2013) 

    Short fiction (in Reader) 
    Poetry (in Reader) 

    Film:
    Tusi Tamases, dir. O Le Tulafale (The Orator) (2011) (screening TBA)
    Recommended Resources
    Additional readings or recommendations of texts available in the library will be placed on MyUni in advance of each teaching week.

    A useful general resource on postcolonial literatures is:
    Bill Ashcroft et al. Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge, 2000.


    Online Learning
    Course material will be available through MyUni as will course announcements and email communications
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will introduce key concepts related to the set texts to be covered each week. Seminars will provide a forum for discussing these key concepts and the primary texts while engaging in collaborative learning.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Reading set texts – 5 hours / week (x 12) 60 hours
    Lecture – 1 hour / week (x 12) 12 hours
    Seminar - 2 hours / week (x 10) 20 hours
    Assignment preparation & research - 4 hours / week (x 12) 48 hours
    Total 140 hours

    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Week begins Focus
    1 27 Feb Introduction to the course (no seminars this week)
    2 6 Mar Caribbean Poetics
    3 13 Mar (Holiday Monday) Caribbean Poetics
    4 20 Mar Crossing the River
    5 27 Mar Reef
    6 3 Apr By the Sea
    Mid-semester break (10-21 April)
    7 24 Apr The Hungry Tide
    8 1 May Maori Worlds and Words
    9 8 May O Le Tulafale (The Orator) 
    10 15 May Genie and Paul
    11 22 May We Need New Names
    12 29 May Conclusion and Review (no seminars this week)
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Date Weight Learning Objectives
    Journal Formative Weekly (weeks 2, 4-12)  35% 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Short Assignment Summative 27 March 15% 1,2,3,4,5
    Essay Summative 9 June 50% 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend seminars having read the text set for the appropriate week. All students are expected to attend and participate in all seminars for the course. Students may not be allowed to continue with the course if they miss more than three seminars.
    Assessment Detail

    Journal – 35%
    Weekly journal entries (weeks 2, 4-11) of 150 words in length that include: (a) one discussion question for the seminar class; and (b) a brief reflection on a point of interest in the work as a whole or a particular passage. And a concluding 250 word entry (week 12) that reflects on the course and course material as a whole. Total: 1,600 words.
    Assignment – 15%
    Analysis of a poem. Total: 600 words.
    Essay – 50%
    An analytic and discursive essay on one or two of the set texts. Total: 2,200 words.
    Submission
    Journal entries should be submitted through your journal page on MyUni.
    Assignment and Essay to be submitted through Turnitin on MyUni.

    Late submission of assignments and essays: Two marks will be deducted from the percentage mark for every day (or part thereof) the work is late to a maximum of 7 days (including weekends and public holidays). For example, an assignment that is 3 days late: raw score of 80% - 6 marks lateness deduction = 74% final mark. For work with a formal extension, lateness policy will apply from the extended due date. After the cut-off date of 7 days the work will not be accepted, and a mark of zero will automatically be awarded. Extensions can only be sought under the provisions of the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy or the Reasonable Adjustments for Teaching and Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy.

    Turn-around time for marking and feedback on written work is approximately two weeks. Journal entries will be marked in two batches (mid semester and end semester), with entries 1-4 and entries 6-10 comprising, respectively, 15% and 20% in your gradebook.




    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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