Students will examine the impact of global structures on collective and individual identities
They will elaborate especially on the relationship between literature, culture and the effects of global interconnectedness
They will develop advanced research skills to help them interpret, critically evaluate and write about texts in a variety of connected fields within the humanities
Course Content (Syllabus)
This is a course designed to allow students to explore the construction of identities in a global context. It will examine the ways in which people’s lives and their national, gender, class, racial or ethnic identities are shaped by the structures of what is increasingly regarded in the early twenty first century as a global society. Though focused primarily on literary and narrative production, it will use interdisciplinary theories—from within the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, history, sociology, geography, art and cultural and media studies—to provide students with an understanding of the challenges presented by new forms of social and cultural transformation resulting from transnational mobility (of goods, peoples, ideas and information) and global conceptualizations of citizenship, communication and forms of writing. The course aims to acquaint students with the theories of globalization and identity; to explore the relationship between literature and the global; to help students develop advanced research and writing skills.
Additional bibliography for study
Barker, Chris. Television, Globalization and Cultural Identities . Buckingham: Open UP, 1999.
Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. Empire. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 2000.
Hogan, John. Cultural identity, Pluralism, and Gglobalization. Washington DC: Council of Research in Values and Philosophy, 2005.
Jameson, Fredric. The Cultures of Globalization. Durham: Duke UP, 1998.
Morley, David. Spaces of Identity: Global Media, Electronic Landscapes and Cultural Boundaries. London: Routledge, 1995.