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Postgraduate Course: Theory and Practice in Transatlantic Comparisons (CLLC11007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCommon Courses (School of Lit, Lang and Cult) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course introduces the theory and practice of making comparisons in nineteenth-century British and American literature. It considers the genesis of cultural comparison in Scottish Englightenment historiography and Romantic nationalism, and investigates Anglo-American rivalries and thematic and stylistic divergences through close study of paired transatlantic texts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Purchase of essential texts as required.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will:
1. Encounter a range of significant nineteenth-century American prose in relation to contemporary writing by British and European authors.
2. Establish the self-conciously comparative nature of American writing in the nineteenth century and the rivalrous nature of Anglo-American literary reception.
3. Develop understanding of the history, theories and practice of comparative literary studies, from its beginnings in eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment writing and European Romantic nationalism through its institutionalisation during the nineteenth century.
4. Develop understanding and ability to compare texts, on thematic and stylistic grounds, from a series of tightly focused readings.
5. Develop critical perspectives on methodologies of comparative literary study through an awareness of recent theoretical and practical approaches.
Assessment Information
1 essay of 4000 words.
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Syllabus Week 2: Transatlantic Studies: Exception or Inclusion
Professor Susan Manning
*Transatlantic Literary Studies: A Reader, 'Introduction'
Additional texts: Dimock, Wai Chee, Deep Time: American Literature and World History, American Literary History, 13.4 (2001): 755-75 Watson, Tim, Is the Post in Postcolonial Studies the US in American Studies?

Week 3: Forms of Comparison 1
Dr Andrew Taylor
*Transatlantic Literary Studies: A Reader, 75-111
Additional texts: Bassnett, Susan, How Comparative Literature Came into Being and Comparative Identities in the Postcolonial World, Comparative Literature (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993)

Week 4: Nation Theory
Dr David Farrier
*Transatlantic Literary Studies: a Reader, 17-74
Additional texts: Anderson, Benedict, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (New York: Verso, 1991) Bhabha, Homi (ed.), Nation and Narration (London: Routledge, 1990)

Week 5: Nation and Cosmopolitanism
Dr Andrew Taylor
*Transatlantic Literary Studies: a Reader, 17-74
Additional texts: Sections from Appiah, Kwame Anthony, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (London: Allen Lane, 2006) Brennan, Timothy, At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997)

Week 6: Imperialism and the Postcolonial
Dr David Farrier
*Transatlantic Literary Studies: a Reader, 121-166
Additional texts: Césaire, Aimé, Notebook of a Return to my Native Land (Newcastle: Bloodaxe Books, 1995)

Week 7: Atlanticism
Dr Keith Hughes
*Fanon, Franz, Black Skin, White Masks, (London: Pluto press, 1986) OReilly, William, Genealogies of Atlantic History, Atlantic Studies 1.1.(2004) Gilroy, Paul, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (Cambridge, Mass:Harvard University Press, 1993) Piot, Charles, Atlantic Aporias: Africa and Gilroy's Black Atlantic,The South Atlantic Quarterly 100.1 (2001)

Week 8: Travel Theory, Travelling Theory and Transatlantic Travellers as Theorists
Dr Simon Cooke
*Transatlantic Literary Studies: a Reader, 281-238
Additional texts: Theodor Adorno, Words from Abroad, in Notes to literature, ed. Rolf Tiedemann; trans. Shierry Weber Nicholsen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991) Mary Louise Pratt, Planetarity, in Intercultural Dialogue, ed. Rosemary Bechler (London: British Council, 2004), pp. 11-31

Week 9: Forms of Comparison II: Comparatism and American Studies
Dr Keith Hughes
*Transatlantic Literary Studies: a Reader, 75-111
Additional texts: Chow, Rey, The Old/New Question of Comparison in Literary Studies: A Post-European Perspective, Ramazani, Jahan, A Transnational Poetics, American Literary History 18.2 (2006): 332-59

Week 10: Translation
Dr Sharon Deane-Cox
*Transatlantic Literary Studies: a Reader, 167-214
Additional texts: Post-colonial Translation: Theory and Practice, ed. by Susan Bassnett and Harish Trivedi (London: Routledge, 1999), Introduction and chapters 1, 3 and 4. Niranjana, Tejaswini, Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism, and the Colonial Context (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), Chapters 1 and 2

Week 11: Style and Genre
Professor Susan Manning
*Transatlantic Literary Studies: a Reader, 215-280
Additional texts: Dimock, Wai Chee, Genre as World System: Epic and Novel on Four Continents¿, Narrative 14.1 (2006): 85-101
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Fiona Mackintosh
Tel: (0131 6)50 8303
Course secretaryMiss Natalie Carthy
Tel: (0131 6)50 6536
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