This module underscores how texts are composed in distinctive periods by their authors, who negotiate with a range of concerns and perceptions in their texts regarding identity and culture, which contribute to its overarching meaning and value. It is key that you have an understanding of the culture/s and cultural identities shown and explored in your set text, and how they respond to cultural ideas and stereotypes. This may relate to the identities of the author, the period a text was composed in, and the time a text depicts. A texts’ negotiation with different kinds of identities is demonstrated through language and the form’s relevant techniques, be it written or visual. In understanding the interaction between language, identity, and culture, you can explore the complex relationship your prescribed text has with both its context and its key concepts and ideas.
Textual conversations challenges you to explore the relationship between a pair of texts and examine how both discuss resonant and different ideas and thematics through their distinctive contexts and values. A thorough knowledge of both prescribed texts' context and values is essential, as they form an important role in characterising the relationship not just between the texts, but also between a text and its narrative, meaning, and concepts. While some texts in this module are separated by over 400 years, and others by only 33 years, your attention is towards considering both of these texts, and how relevant literary and filmic techniques have been deployed to explore aligning or colliding textual and contextual elements. Through understanding this negotiation, both within the texts and between them, your study and interpretation of both as a whole will be expanded.