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Fall 2016-2017
* ENG 397 / AAS 397 / COM 339 (LA)   na, npdf

New Diasporas - Black British Literature

Simon E. Gikandi

This is a course on the dynamic body of works produced by migrants and descendants of migrants from Africa and the Caribbean in Britain since the 1950s. How has the migrant experience transformed the British cultural landscape after the end of an empire? What does it mean to be British and Black? How have migrant writers created new aesthetic forms to respond to the meaning of postcolonial Britishness? How does writing function as a mode of imagining alternative spaces of belonging? Readings will range from the novels of migrant arrival in the 1950s and the works of Zadie Smith to "post-racial" novels by Helen Oyeyemi and Aminatta Forna.

Sample reading list:
Zadie Smith, White Teeth
Samuel Selvon, The Lonely Londoners
Caryl Phillips, The Final Passage
Victor Headley, Yardie
Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird
Aminatta Forna, The Hired Man
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: Approximately 200 pages a week.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
In addition to the novels and poems, we will consider other media such as film and television, music, and read works by the Black British founders of the field of cultural studies. Distribution Requirement: Modernity/Diasporas

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21379 S01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:9 Limit:18