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Interculturality: Visions on Identity and Difference


Admission requirements

Not applicable


This seminar examines the question: how can you understand literary texts and films that are made within a cultural context that is unknown to you as a reader? What do you have to learn for that, and what do you have to unlearn? We allow ourselves to be confused by the storytelling of power-hungry griots, European travel stories, orientalist eroticism and discussions about Dutch racism, and find our way back with the help of a diverse group of western and non-western theorists. We become familiar with a series of key concepts, such as hybridity, the Black Atlantic, orientalism, creolization, Relation and new realism. We not only study literary texts and films, but also pay attention to visual arts, oral performances, etc.

Course objectives

After completing this lecture:

  • the student knows a number of characteristic artistic expressions that are made within intercultural (contact) relationships and in non-dominant cultural contexts;

  • the student has acquired insights into the way in which these artistic expressions interact with their specific historical and cultural contexts;

  • the student is familiar with the key concepts in the scientific debate on these issues, and is able to use them in his/her own research;

  • the student is able to make connections between past views and current debates;

  • the student is able to write a short, attractive text (blog) that disseminates one of the acquired insights, and which is accessible to a wide audience.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Written exam with open questions
Short writing assignment


Written exam with open questions 70%
Short writing assignment 30%


The student may resit for the component for which an unsatisfactory mark was obtained.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

To be purchased by yourself: John McLeod, Beginning Postcolonialism (Manchester University Press, 2000). The other texts will be announced via Brightspace.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


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