Explore the construction of national identity in two different texts

Please note that questions require you to discuss the following primary texts from the set reading list:
Achebe, Chinua, Collected Poems*
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, Americanah*
Roy, Arundhati, The God of the Small Things*

For referencing please follow the handbook attached. This should be double spaced.

The essay should cover the learning objectives:
1. Assess critically the constructed nature of cultural identity and the material
historical causes for the way we look at other cultures;

2. Relate issues of identity to contemporary media and cultural theory;

3. Demonstrate cultural awareness by discussing a carefully chosen range of
culturally significant texts;

4. Demonstrate advanced skills in oral presentation, research, writing
and argument.

Secondary reading to be used for referencing are as follows:
Secondary Texts

Adair, G. ; 1981; Hollywood’s Vietnam; London : Proteus.
Amin, S.; 1989; Eurocentrism; London; Zed.
Anderson, B. ; 1991; Imagined Communities; London; Verso.
Ashcroft, B.et al. ; 1988; The Empire Writes Back; London; Routledge.
Barnes,R., and Eichner, J.; 1992; Dress and Gender; Oxford; Berg.
Barthes R.; 1972; Mythologies
Bercovitch,S. and Jehlen, M.eds; 1986; Ideology and Classic American Literature; London; Cambridge University Press.
Berger,Wallis and Watson eds; 1995; Constructing Masculinity; London; Routledge.
Bhabha, H. ed ; 1990; Nation and Narration; London; Routledge.
Bonner,F. et al. eds; 1992; Imagining Woman; London; Polity.
Bordwell,J., Staiger,J., Thompson,K.; 1985; The Classical Hollywood Cinema; London; Routledge.
Bradbury, M. and Ruland, R. ; 1991; From Puritanism to Postmodernism; London; Routledge.
Brod,H. ed; 1987;The Making of Masculinities; London; Allen and Unwin.
Butler J. 1990;Gender Trouble : Feminism and Subversion of Identity
Campbell M. 1989 Travel Writing
Carter,A. ; 1979; The Sadeian Woman : an exercise in cultural history; London; Virago.
Chrisman, L. and Williamson, (1993) Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial
Cook,P. and Dodd,P.; 1990; Women and Film; London;BFI.
Corrigan,T.; 1991; Cinema without Walls; London; Routledge.
Craig,S.; 1992; Men, Masculinity and the Media; London; Sage.
Delanty G. 1995 Inventing Europe: Idea,Identity,Reality
Drummond P.(1993) National Identity and Europe
Dyer,R. and Vincendeau, G.; 1992; Popular European Cinema; London.
Easthope A. 1991 Literary into Cultural Studies
Easthope, A. ed ; 1993;Contemporary Film Theory; London; Longman.
Easthope,A.; 1990; What A Man’s Gotta Do; London; Unwin .
Ekins R.; 1997; Male femaling; London; Routledge .
Fanon F. 1967 The Wretched of the Earth
Fiedler, L. ; 1970; Love and Death in the American Novel; London ; Paladin.
Frayling, C.; 1981; Spaghetti Westerns; London; Routledge.
French P. 1994 Border Crossing
French,P.; 1973; Westerns; London; BFI.
Fussell P. (1982) Abroard : British travel writng between the wars –
Garber,M.; 1993; Vested Interests- cross-dressing and cultural anxiety; London; Penguin.
Girard, R. ; 1977; Violence and the Sacred; London; John Hopkins University Press.
Gledhill,C. ed; 1991; Stardom; London; Routledge.
Gledhill,C.; 1987; Home Is where the Heart Is ; London; BFI.
Goody,J.; 1997; Representations and Contradictions; London; Routledge.
Hall, Stuart, 1997, Representation; London; Sage
Hart,L.; 1994; Fatal Women; Princeton; Princeton U.P.
Haskell,M.; 1987; From Reverence to Rape; Chicago; Chicago University Press.
Hayward,S.; 1996; Key Concepts in Cinema Studies; London;Routledge.
Kaplan,E.; 1992; Motherhood and Representation; London; Routledge.
Kaplan,E.A.; 1983; Women and Film; London; Routledge.
Kuhn,A.; 1985; The Power of the Image; London; Routledge.
Lawson, A. and Tiffin, C. (1994) De-Scribing Empire: Post-Colonialism and Textuality London: Routledge.
Lieblich A. and R.Josselson eds (1994) Exploring Identity and Gender : Narrative study of lives London: Routledge.
Mackenzie, J.M.; 1995; Orientalism; London.
Mason,P. ; 1990; Deconstructing America; London; Routledge.
Mills S. (1991) Discourses of Difference ; an analysis of Women’s travel writing and colonialism
Modleski,T.; 1988; Women who Knew Too much; London; Methuen.
Moffit,C.; 1994; Evolution of the Western; London.
Murphy P. ed (1994) Fictions of Masculinity : Crossing Cultures, Crossing Sexualities
Paglia, C. ; 1991; Sexual Personae; London ; Penguin.
Petrie D. (1992) Screening Europe –
Pratt M. Imperial Eyes : Travel writing and Transculturation
Robinson J. (1994) Unsuitable for ladies –
Rushdie, S. 1991; Imaginary Homelands; London.
Russell M. (1986) ‘The blessings of a good thick skirt’ : Women Travellers andtheir World
Rutherford J. ed (1990) Identity: Community,Culture and Difference
Said E. (1993) Culture and Imperialism
Said, E. ; 1978; Orientalism; London; Routledge.
Sanderson, M.; 1996; Don’t Look Now ; London; BFI.
Schechner, R.(1988) Performance Theory London: Routledge.
Screen ; 1992; The Sexual Subject; London ; Routledge.
Shohat, E. and Stam, R. ; 1994; Unthinking Eurocentrism : multiculturalism and the media; London; Routledge.
Short,J.; 1991; Imagined Country; London ; Routledge.
Slotkin,R.; 1973; Regeneration through Violence; Middletown; Wesleyan University Press.
Stratton, F. (1994) Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender
Thomas,N.; 1994; Colonialism’s Culture; London; Polity.
Threadgold,T. and Cranny-Francis,A. ; 1990; Feminine -Masculine and Representation; Sydney;Allen and Unwin.
Turner,B.; 1994; Orientalism,postmodernism,and globalism; London;Routledge.
Walder D. ed (1990) Literature in the Modern World – Oxford: OUP.


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