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ENGL1016: Imagining the Black Atlantic

This unit introduces students to the complexities of race and representation by examining the responses to and expressive forms arising from the social, political and cultural interactions of African, Caribbean, American, and European peoples that together produced what is known as the Black Atlantic. We examine a range of 18th to 21st century texts - fiction, memoir, visual art, film - from Britain and the Americas to consider the world that emerged out of the transatlantic slave trade: slavery and its legacies, plantation cultures, and the cultural and historical work of 'blackness'.

Code ENGL1016
Academic unit
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate some familiarity with black diasporic culture and relevant critical keywords
  • LO2. read and analyse an historically and generically diverse range of primary and secondary texts relative to the Black Atlantic
  • LO3. compose original written work that engages with the complexities of race and representation
  • LO4. participate in an intellectual community of readers and thinkers in the university classroom
  • LO5. recognize how race, class, and gender intersect in a range of cultural texts
  • LO6. reflect carefully on and respond to assessment feedback

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.