Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Stewart King


Previously coded CLS1020


This subject introduces students to the theory and practice of international, or world literatures. It will explore dimensions of the contextual study of literary texts, focusing in particular on narrative structures, ideology and intertextuality. These concerns will be pursued through the investigation of a number of stories relating to origin and transgression, such as sacred texts novels of development, and narratives of migration and displacement. The texts studied will cross a number of different literary and cultural traditions from ancient times until the present day.


Students who successfully complete this subject will have acquired:

  1. a basic understanding of the theory and practice of international, or world literature;
  2. familiarity with the role of narrative, ideology and intertextuality in textual communication;
  3. familiarity with critical theory related to the literary texts and contexts examined;
  4. greater competence in textual analysis and interpretation;
  5. further skills in academic essay writing in the area of literary and cultural studies.


Written work (2,700 words): 60%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Two 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week.

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