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ICLS3102: Transit, Transmission, Contagion

How do objects, diseases, bodies, ideas and texts travel across time and space? What emotions and anxieties do their travels entail? How do words narrate the encounters and blending of diverse entities? How are texts themselves transformed by these contacts and reading practices altered? This unit will study the diverse ways in which a variety of literary texts and intermedial artifacts enact crossings and contacts between people, things and ideas. It will explore concepts of transmission and infection, and will entail considerations of language and material culture, race, gender and the environment.

Code ICLS3102
Academic unit International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level from ICLS or English or 12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level from Arabic Language and Cultures or Chinese Studies or French and Francophone Studies or Germanic Studies or Modern Hebrew or Indonesian Studies or Italian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies or Spanish and Latin American Studies

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

  • LO1. Situate a range of texts and art works within current debates in cross-cultural translatability and/or transmediality
  • LO2. Compare and analyse different representations of contact zones
  • LO3. Discuss the role of words, images and objects in the transmission of knowledge and cultural practices.
  • LO4. Locate, organise and evaluate a variety of critical sources and deploy these in the construction of a coherent argument
  • LO5. Communicate effectively and ethically using traditional and digital methods

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.