Acts of Writing - Literature and Film 1953 to Present (EAS3145)

30 credits

The period 1953 to the present has been one of seismic change, witnessing the decline of Empire, the Cold War, environmental crisis, increasing globalisation, and the War on Terror. These events and others have all interacted with the sphere of culture, and Acts of Writing traces key cultural, critical, and philosophical debates responding to this interaction. This ranges from the preoccupation with self-reflexivity, confessional styles, revisionist historiography, the ethics of representation, collective guilt and responsibility, identity politics, new subjectivities, to art’s relationship with the environment, economic and cultural globalisation. The module focuses on novels, critical theory, non-fiction writing, poetry and film from Britain and its former colonies.