New literatures in English (2014/2015)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Susanna Zinato
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Parte I 3 II semestre Carla Sassi
Parte II 3 II semestre Susanna Zinato

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

Part I: Susanna Zinato
Part II: Carla Sassi

Diaspora(s) and Empire
The course will focus on the theme of diaspora, a main legacy of colonialism, and on its major inflections (assimilation/alienation, roots, hybridity, mimicry and identity, multiculturalism, fundamentalism, etc.) through the close reading of two award-winning postcolonial works by black British authors Zadie Smith and Bernardine Evaristo, set in the multiethnic and multicultural heart of Empire, London.


Bibliography.Primary sources:
SMITH, Zadie, White Teeth, 2000
EVARISTO, Bernardine, The Emperor’s Babe, 2010
Bibliography.Secondary sources:
LOOMBA, Ania, Colonialism/Postcolonialism, Routledge

Bibliographical sources (all available at Frinzi Library) concrning the novel discussed in the first part of the course:
-TEW, Philip, "White Teeth Reconsidered: Narrative Deception and Uncomfortable Truths",ch.2 pp.14-27, in Reading Zadie Smith:The First Decade and Beyond, 2013;
Non-attending students will add the following:
- MCLEOD, J., "Introduction: Locating Postcolonial London", 1-23, in Postcolonial London. Rewriting the Metropolis, Routledge, 2004 and
-TEW, Philip, "A biographical reading" (25-44) and "White Teeth" (45-71) in Zadie Smith, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Bibliographical sources on the text by B. Evaristo will be given during classes.

Additional compulsory readings for non-attending students:
-BOEHMER, Elleke, Colonial/Postcolonial Literature, OUP,1995, Introduction+ Chapters 1,2,5.
-KENNY, Kevin, Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2013
General reference for optional use:
ASHCROFT, B., GRIFFITHS G. (eds.), Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies, Routledge, 1998.
The course will be taught in English.

Assessment methods and criteria


Oral assessment