The Texts and Human Experiences module is a diverse area of study and allows you to explore a myraid of ideas through your essays and creative responses. Focused on human emotions and qualities there is a strong emphasis on how the individual narrative can be a representation of collective experiences. The rubric is also centred on the purpose of sharing these experiences through textual mediums and what we as readers gain from learning about them. Furthermore, the module aims to expose you to the different stories of cultures and communities, where each unique perspective contributes to your understanding of the universal human experience.
The best way to be prepared is to write draft essays or plans using lines from the rubric as your question. Engaging in strong research will help you extend your analysis as you will be able to relate the indiviudal human experience to the wider social, political and historical narrative. Your analysis for this module should also focus on how the reader is positioned through the progression of the novel and what insights we are given through the retelling of the experience. Focusing on the author’s purpose and the reader’s response is an integral focus point as you need to be able to address the significance of expressing these human experiences through various textual mediums.
Strong related texts include;
- In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- Born a Crime by Trever Noah
- Political documentaries about Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi