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Migration, Diaspora, Exile: The Politics of Representation (ELCC08009)


European Languages and Cultures





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Course Summary

This course introduces students to the issues surrounding the cultural representation of migrants, exiles, and diasporic communities. Adopting a comparative, cross-cultural approach and a historical perspective, students will explore the images of migrants and migration in linguistic and visual representations, how stereotypical representations can be affirmed or challenged, and the ways in which migrants take control of their self-representation. All texts will be in English or in English translation.

Course Description

Students will explore the representation and self-representation of migrants and migration in a variety of media. They will gain knowledge and skills enabling them to understand these representations, putting them into cultural and historical perspective. Engaging with current theory about migration, diaspora and identities, students will explore the representation of exile and the migrant experience in a variety of media including film, literature and documentary sources. In doing so, they will practise reading and interpreting texts/films through theory and will explore comparative perspectives on the course themes. The course will be taught jointly by colleagues from DELC and Celtic and Scottish Studies. Students will work together in groups to prepare material for presentation, as well as researching an individual essay project.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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