The module aims at offering a general introduction to the main theoretical questions and the crucial themes that pertain to the discipline, through a critical reading of texts deemed to be representative of colonial and postcolonial literatures in English.
The module will be taught in English.
"Living here, belonging...where?:Black British Diasporic Narratives"
After a necessary introduction to the discipline, through a critical reading of the scheduled novels by Samul Selvon and Zadie Smith the module will focus on themes revolving around the relationship berween diasporas of migration - and, broadly, cultural diasporas -, questioning of the concept of identity, and reshaping of the concept of Britishness.
-S. Selvon, "The Lonely Londoners" (1956)
-Z. Smith, "White Teeth" (2000)
Mc Leod, in "Beginning Postcolonialism" (2000): chaps. 1,7.
M. Looker, in "Atlantic Passages" (1996): Introduction (pp.1-20) and ch. 3 ("Inventing Black London: The Lonely Londoners", pp.59-80);
P. Tew, in "Reading Zadie Smith. The First Decade and Beyond" (2013):chap. 2 ("White Teeth Reconsidered")
Reference handbook (optional): Ashcroft, Griffiths, Tiffin (eds.), "Key-Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies"
Obligatory supplement readings for non-attending students:
-K. Kenny, "Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction", OUP, 2015
-P. Tew, in "Zadie Smith" (2015): "A Biographical Reading" + "White Teeth".
- Mc Leod, in "Postcolonial London. Rewriting the Metropolis" (2004):Introduction:Locating Postcolonial London" (1-23)
Assessment at the end of the course, through oral examination.
Students to be examined must have passed the exams of English literature and English language of the first year.
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