University of Malta

Department of English

 

Combining a vigorous commitment to excellence in teaching and research, the Department of English offers a stimulating and wide-ranging academic experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Encompassing the areas of literary studies, linguistics and cultural criticism, our degree programmes allow students to study a broad range of topics related to the study of English, whilst at the same time providing ample opportunity for increased focus on areas of particular interest. The courses offered by the Department aim to accommodate a variety of critical and intellectual perspectives and students are encouraged to develop their own responses to the subjects they study. Having acquired the ability to write clearly and persuasively, to think critically, to synthesise complex information and form informed arguments, our students go on to pursue successful careers in areas such as publishing, teaching, the media, advertising, translation services, the civil service and academia.

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  • Scerri, Luke (University of Malta, 2017)
    The aim of this dissertation is to approach Ernest Hemingway‘s The Sun Also Rises with a rather broad cultural point of view with the intention of attempting to understand the polarizing ideas of hope and despair and how ...
  • Sciriha, Lydia (University of Malta, 1990)
    It is a widely accepted fact that mother tongue maintenance in immigrant families is not easy when the host country's official language is different from the immigrants' first language. There are a number of studies which ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Washington Science Fiction Association, 2011)
    Alien infertility has been a frequent theme in science fiction (SF), as a novum with which authors challenge us with fresh concepts, or as an allegory for the human condition. Humanity is often implicated in these stories, ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Washington Science Fiction Association, 2011)
    Alien infertility has been a frequent theme in science fiction (SF), as a novum with which authors challenge us with fresh concepts, or as an allegory for the human condition. Humanity is often implicated in these stories, ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Washington Science Fiction Association, 2011)
    Alien infertility has been a frequent theme in science fiction (SF), as a novum with which authors challenge us with fresh concepts, or as an allegory for the human condition. Humanity is often implicated in these stories, ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, 2014)
    The state may decide to limit its population due to a variety of reasons. This paper reviews the intersection of state-induced infertility in science-fiction, exploring eugenics, overpopulation, along with state-devised ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (SPJ, 2016)
    Science Fiction authors have traditionally spurned the disdain of critics who ‘sneer the ineradicable sneer’ at SF authors and assert that SF is too shallow for serious consideration, and such critics have been in turn ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (British Science Fiction Association, 2012)
    An excess of one gender is a regular and problematic trope in Science Fiction, instantly removing any potential tension between the two sexes while simultaneously generating new concerns. While female only societies are ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (National Space Society, 2012)
    Mutation in the Science Fiction (SF) genre is viewed with revulsion as it results in strange beings, threatening monsters and alien others. Infertility is a common problem, worldwide, that will eventually affect up to a ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Science Fiction Research Association, 2011)
    DOCTORS AND MEDICAL ADVANCES have been fair game since SF’s inception with Shelley’s Frankenstein (1918), Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) and Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), often as ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Sage Publications, Inc., 2012)
    The state may manipulate humanity coldly and impersonally, at a deep and fundamental level, in order to obtain its goals, confirming that “State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters.” The state’s interference ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Sage Publications Ltd., 2013)
    The trope of infertility in science fiction may be explored through the theme of a single fertile man remaining on earth, with the fate of the entire species devolving on this one single individual. The article will review ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (British Science Fiction Association Ltd., 2012)
    SF has widely depicted eschatological scenarios of all types since we seem to willingly ‘accept the lure of annihilation, only to discover that it is a temporary condition, a gateway to renewal and rebirth’, an omnipresent ...
  • Vassallo, Clare; Grech, Victor E.; Callus, Ivan (Science Fiction Research Association, 2017)
    ALTHOUGH MYTHOLOGICAL FIGURES such as the Amazonian female warrior might encourage us to think that feminism is as old as mythology, feminism as a political stance through which the personal came to be perceived as political ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Science Fiction Research Association, 2012)
    DIFFERENT SPECIES have readily mated together in mythology, and Zeus, for example, is said to have taken a bull’s form in order to seduce Europa. This trope also has Biblical precedent when, in ancient times, the sons of ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Science Fiction Research Association, 2012)
    THE DESIRE TO LIVE FOREVER may be hard-wired as part of our selfish gene makeup but we can have no true knowledge as to whether such a state would be desirable in the long term or not. This paper investigates the intersection ...
  • Grech, Victor E.; Vassallo, Clare; Callus, Ivan (Sage Publications Ltd., 2015)
    Infertility in science fiction (SF) is a huge subject. This article limits itself to the intersection of the deliberate infliction of infertility on humans, aliens, and animals by intelligent agencies. These narratives ...
  • Camenzuli, Martina (University of Malta, 2017)
    This dissertation is based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s presentation of African women, analysing the ways in which her characters go from oppressed women (Chapter 1) to female icons of independence and self-assurance ...
  • Debono, Stephanie (University of Malta, 2017)
    The first chapter consists of an introduction to the notion of Orientalism within the context of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and a discussion of the social and political context within which Orientalism rose ...
  • Spiteri, Elizabeth-Anne (University of Malta, 2017)
    This dissertation explores two novels by Thomas Hardy, through the philosophical lenses of Existentialism and Determinism. Written seventeen years apart, Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) and Tess of the D’Urbervilles ...

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