ENG3322 - New English Voices and the Global Market

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module aims to alert to the students the emergence an age of ‘International English’. The issues of globalism, transnationalism and multiculturalism of the twentieth and twenty first centuries have changed definition of English or more accurately Anglophone literature in terms of its readership, authorship, cultural and territorial contexts. This module seeks to explore the development of contemporary English fictions beyond received national boundaries and to trace changing commitments in fiction across cultures. Students will be encouraged to examine the effect of literary market and the de-territorialisation of the economic and political world on the transformation of the nature and the themes of English literature. Surveying through a selected range of Anglophone writings from both the ‘centre’ and the ‘peripheries’, students are encouraged to establish connections with these contemporary texts and understand how they are morally, politically, or culturally important to us.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an informed critical engagement with the relevant literary, cultural and historical contexts of the works and issues examined;

  2. put into practice advanced skills in textual analysis, critical reading, and writing in the context of contemporary Anglophone literature;

  3. c. acquire a basic awareness and the ability to pinpoint, analyse and debate the key social, cultural and political issues of the range of literary texts chosen, and understand the intersecting impulses, priorities and characteristics of any given sub-categories of Anglophone literatures;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating a sustained and informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.