Rupert French, Emily Richardson and Katie Taylor, soon-to-be graduates in English at LJMU, have recently completed an internship to create a World Literature website blog. Rupert, Emily and Katie built on the knowledge they gained from our third-year optional “World Literature” module and translated it into an informative online resource. This project testifies to the commitment, abilities and independent thinking of our students, who worked as a team with support from the module leader. The World Literature website showcases the promising work done by the 2016-17 cohort of our World Literature module at LJMU: it includes introductions to key concepts and texts explored in the module, a gallery of student work, and video recordings of presentations from the World Literature Constellation. This was a public student symposium held as part of Tate Liverpool Constellation last January, which benefited from the partnership between LJMU and Tate Foundation. This website also aims to be a resource for future students planning to take this third-year optional module. We hope that, in future years, it will continue to host the cumulative knowledge and experiences of future LJMU undergraduates.
The World Literature website blog does not simply offer an archive of student work, it also suggests a specific politics of pedagogy and knowledge motivated by values of collegiality, participation and cooperation. These values inspired the module’s proposed assessment method through a public symposium at Tate and the continued involvement of our undergraduates in the making of pedagogical resources helpful to future students. All students taking part in this module acquired the role of knowledge producers, co-workers and curators. Furthermore, this political pedagogy represents an aspect inherent to the materialist concept of “world literature,” which informs the module and guides its “constellation” of different literary and critical texts across peripheral locations at the margins of global capitalism. The world literature module, indeed, attempts to reframe the study of English and Anglophone literatures in order to foster ideals of cosmopolitanism and international solidarity. Hopefully, the World Literature website blog will help to promote these aims and values and will inspire future students to continue studying and researching this thriving field of academic inquiry and political discussion.
The interns and module leader would like to express their gratitude to Alice Ferrebe for her help and invaluable support, which made this project possible.