Literature and Globalization


Course Objective

After successfully completing this course, students will:
- be familiar with a variety of literature written by authors who
explore questions of the self, language, and identity in a globalized
- be able to analyze the representation of notions of self, language,
and identity in the context of globalization within these literary
- be able to present their argument both in class and in written
assignments, supporting their points with evidence from the text;
- be able to engage with secondary literature written from the
perspective of African American Studies and Cultural Studies in their
interpretation of the literary text.

Course Content

Each week we shall look at a different aspect of 'identity' through the
study of a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Specifically, this
course will consider how identity shifts and changes in an increasingly
globalized world.

Teaching Methods

Seminars, 1 x 2 and 1 x 4 hours per week.

Method of Assessment

Written assignments, including a final essay (80%), and participation
(20%). In order to pass the course, students must receive a 5.0 or
higher on the final essay. The weighted average of all components must
be 5.5 or higher. There is one resit possibility for the final essay.

Entry Requirements

Students must have taken part in the modules “Literature, Culture, and
Society” and “Genre and Literary Analysis.”


To be announced in the course syllabus, which will be posted on Canvas.

Target Audience

This module is part of the Bachelor’s program English Literature &

Additional Information

This is a discussion-based course, so attendance is compulsory. If you
are absent at more than 20% of the course meetings, you cannot pass the
course. Exceptions may be made in grave personal circumstances. Make
sure to inform both your lecturer and the academic advisor in such

Custom Course Registration

There is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the preferred seminar group, and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module and (iii) the exam, but not for (ii) the seminar groups.

General Information

Course Code L_ELBALES109
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator F. Camps MA
Examiner prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk
Teaching Staff F. Camps MA

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

Target audiences

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