30 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module introduces students to representative play texts from across the globe: China, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Europe. Written from within moments of social, cultural and political crisis, their themes include globalisation; dictatorship; race and class relations; slavery; nationalism; liberation struggles and philosophies; war and civil crisis; and economic and cultural imperialisms. In order to engage with them fully, and to understand their significance as play texts, and as social and political documents, the module engages with the specific histories which produced them, and to which they are a response. Many are written from within societies which have been defined as postcolonial (though not by them), and whose politics and cultures remain powerfully defined by the impact of the European empires of the 19th and 20th centuries. Anti-imperial liberation struggles produced the great theorists of anti-colonialism: Franz Fanon, Aime Cesaire, Ngugi was Thiongżo, Paulo Freire, and Edward Said. Their writings, which have helped shape world history, and how we understand that history, will inform the study on this module.

Staff Contact: LEVICK CARMEN
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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