Writing in the margins: narrating cross-cultural experience

The module aims to review a series of narratives by 21st century European-born authors: writers, cinematographers, anthropologists and documentary makers. It not only introduces students to the historical contexts within which each of the narratives is situated, but also explores contemporary theories of identity and writing.

You are presented with autobiographical accounts, semi-fictional stories, films and documentaries to be given the opportunity to understand the experience of being caught between cultures as a result of travel or involuntary displacement resulting from war or social upheaval. You will be invited to reflect upon the issues of identity, problems associated with cross-cultural analysis and the relationship between history and personal destiny, border-crossing, cultural fragmentation and continuity. The focus of the module lies on the historical relationship between countries within Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world; mainly India, North Africa and America.