Crossing the Water: Transatlantic Literary Relations (EAS2104)

30 credits

This module examines the fertile relationship between the literary cultures of Britain and some of its former colonies, Ireland, and North America. Texts studied cover early settlement through to the present day and particular focus is paid to the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The work of a range of authors is explored and texts and genres covered include drama, poetry, fiction and travel writing. Authors include Dickens, Emerson, Stein, Auden, Plath, Vonnegut and Bryson.

We also look at the work of a number of South West writers for whom transatlantic encounters have proved to be particularly productive, and examine American writers’ perceptions of and engagement with other European cultures beyond Britain’s shores, in the context of the rich and interdisciplinary field of Transatlantic Studies.

There are no pre- or co-requisites and you will particularly enjoy this module if you have an interest in modern writing in English, American culture or literatures of globalisation.