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- Montag: 12:00 - 14:00, wöchentlich (12.04.2021 - 12.07.2021)
The seminar provides an overview of postcolonial storytelling and the concept of multiculturalism followed by an analysis of a variety of literary products ranging from the early 80s to the present. Questions of national identity will be covered as well as cultural, political and religious issues.
London as a hub of the British multicultural experience will be explored in greater detail. Excerpts from selected texts comprise works by e.g.
- Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia, 1990
- Hanif Kureishi, The Black Album, 1995
- Arundhati Roy, The God of the Small Things, 1997
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2000
- Monica Ali, Brick Lane, 2000
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home, 2007
- Amanda Craig, Hearts and Minds, 2009
- John Lanchester, Capital, 2013
Recent discussions on Britains colonial past and the "black-lives-matter" discussion will also be taken into account. Relevant reading in this field comprises:
-Akala, Natives. Race & Class in the Ruins of the Empire (2018)
-Eddo-Lodge, R. Why I`m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2018)
-Hirsch, A., British. On Race, IIdentitty and Belonging (2018)
-Shukla, N. (Ed.) The Good Immigrant (2016)
On successful completion of this module, students should
- be familiar with the British Empire and the literature emerging from the post-colonial experience
-be able to explain the role of English in post-colonial storytelling
-be able to analyse narrative texts reflecting the multicultural experience
-be familiar with the content and interpretation of the texts dealt with in class
-be able to assess the viability of select texts for classroom use
-be aware of the rules and regulations the Core Curriculum in Lower Saxony stipulates for the topic
-be able to critically assess literary products for teaching purposes and, if necessary, modify and edit them
- provide tasks accompanying literary texts reflecting the multicultural experience
Participants are expected to:
- provide commentaries on topics discussed in class.
-pass a test at the end of term.