ENGLISH 290 - Themes in Language and Literature
Section: 003 Black Britain: Britain After Empire
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
RE, HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

What happens to British literature after the end of the British Empire? This course provides an introduction to contemporary British fiction, poetry, and film through a focus on British authors of non-European descent, including much of what is known as “black British” fiction. From Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative (1789) to Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000), many of the most acclaimed and widely read British texts are directly engaging questions of difference, multiculturalism, and transformation.

In what ways do discourses of difference in contemporary Britain inform a globally successful novel like Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day? How does a glamorous capital city like London seem different when approached through the Lonely Londoners of the Caribbean-born writer Sam Selvon? And what makes a dystopian film like Children of Men appeal to U.S. viewers, when British understandings of a future apocalypse are different from those in the U.S.?

Required Texts

The following books should be purchased for this course:

Conan Doyle, Arthur. The Lost World. 1912. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995.

Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself. 1789, 1794. New York: Norton, 2001.

Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day. Vintage, 1990.

Rhys, Jean. Voyage in the Dark. 1934. New York: Norton, 1984.

Selvon, Sam. The Lonely Londoners. Longman, 1956.

Smith, Zadie. White Teeth. New York: Vintage, 2001.

Course Requirements:

Evaluation: Four papers, of varying lengths (70%), one mid-term examination (20%), and one group project (10%)

ENGLISH 290 - Themes in Language and Literature
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27156
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27899
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28582
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32549
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32550
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32566
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32567
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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