English - Culture 3: Literature, History and Culture

Course content

The aim of this module is to encourage you to think transnationally and intertextually about literature and to explore the relationship between politics, societies and cultures within twentieth and twenty-first century history. The module expands the general themes introduced in LIHC 1 and encourages you to engage in critical dialogue with the canonical texts and transnational histories introduced in LIHC 2. It consists of two interconnected parts (outlined below). One part is concerned with theoretically informed literary analyses and runs for the entire 14 weeks of the semester with an alternation of 1 or 2 weekly lectures and a 3-hour seminar. The second part is concerned with contemporary global historical issues and is placed in the last 7 weeks of the semester consisting of 1 weekly lecture and a 2-hour seminar. Both parts are organised around thematically focused lectures tied to the seminars in which further discussion of the themes of the lectures will take place.

The literature part of the module invites you to engage in more detail in global, transnational and transcultural approaches to Anglophone literatures and stages literary texts of a variety of genres in dialogue with the broad historical themes considered later on in the semester. This module works across geographical locations and time periods and brings in general theories from the theoretical foundation of humanistic study, such as discourse, representation, authority and reception. This part also employs literary conceptualisations, such as ethnicity and diaspora, as well as broader theoretical perspectives on literature, such as migration. Our discussions will help you develop a critical and contextual platform that will inform your engagement with Anglophone texts, in particular American and postcolonial ones. The second part of the course considers historical and contemporary themes – which deal with relationships between politics, societies and cultures. Our case studies will consider transnational histories and networks across the English speaking World. Our critical focus is the varied processes of convergence, difference and hybridisation which constitute ‘globalisation’. The course also questions the meanings and usefulness of the term. In addition, the course uses ‘globalisation’ as a case study to investigate varieties of historical methodology and research approaches to the past.



Lectures and class instruction

The three LIHC modules in the BA curriculum introduce you to the study of literature, history, and culture in the Anglophone world. These three modules are organised in such a way that we take a point of departure in the modern and contemporary world in LIHC 1 (module 2), then pursue historical developments and the literary canon in LIHC 2 (module 4), before we return to modern and contemporary perspectives in LIHC 3 (module 6).

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 325,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
Programme level

1 semester


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Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Ulla Rahbek   (4-7b727267466e7b7334717b346a71)
Saved on the 12-05-2023

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