World, Time and Text is an expansive module, incorporating texts from across the centuries so you are bound to enjoy something and if not everything. You’ll be exposed to such a plethora of literature that you’re at least learning a lesson in diversifying from your normal reading list. Starting with Paradise Lost you’re dropped somewhere near the deep end but fear not, we’ve already compiled a list of hints and tips with how best to stay afloat and enjoy the epic poetry of John Milton!
World, Time and Text focuses on intertextuality, how literature across generations is linked and what questions this brings about authorship. What you learn about intertextuality in this module will be applicable for all modules across the course and brings about all sorts of debates about who retains the authority on a piece of writing. From Paradise Lost you will look at Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman, edging towards the shallow end, unfortunately filled with a talking polar bear refusing to give up any room.
This module also serves as an introduction to texts that lend themselves to colonial and post-colonial interpretations, a world of literary theory so expansive that it can get a little intimidating if you try and jump right in, you’ve got three years to study this and plenty of opportunities to focus on it so just take it in your stride and enjoy!
You’ll get to study Oroonoko as a part of this module, 80 pages so rich and brutal I’m surprised they haven’t made a film of it yet. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but the man kills a tiger with his bare hands and survives some of the most savage torture you can imagine. All fun and games for the African Caesar!
Rupert and the T.E.A Team