HENK00063U English - Free topic 3: (Beyond) Post-Colonial and Post-Modern Literatures in English
What is happening on the literary scene in the twenty-first century? What direction(s) are the literatures in English taking? Have we irrevocably moved beyond what we might conceivably call the traditions of post-colonial and postmodern writing? Is there something new in the making?
These are some of the questions we will address and discuss in this course module:
(Beyond) Post-Colonial Literatures in English(Ulla Rahbek)
With a focus on world literature in English, this course will explore currents trends in transnational writing that demand a reconsideration of what it means to be a subject at home in a complexly intertwined world that cannot be traced back to Britain’s role as a colonial centre.
(Beyond) Post-Modern Literatures in English(Inge Birgitte Siegumfeldt)
With a focus on English and American novels, this course will discuss what appears to be a current re-orientation of the postmodern project towards narratives that turn on character development, coherence between form and content, and overtly probe tone and style – but with a twist.
(Beyond) Post-Colonial Literatures in English
Very preliminary reading list:
3 novels, 3 sets of stories:
André Aciman, Call me by your Name (2007) [Jewish-Egyptian-American]
Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve (2016) [Turkish plus]
Dina Nayeri, Refuge (2017) [Iranian-American plus]
Nam Le, ‘Love and Honor..’ and ‘The Boat’ from The Boat (2008) [Vietnamese-Australian plus]
Xiaolu Guo, short stories[Chinese-British plus]
Yiyun Li, ‘Son’? or ‘A Thousand Years of Good Prayer’ (both from Prayers, 2005)? Or ‘Souvenir’ (from Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, 2010)? And ‘To Speak is to Blunder but I Venture’, extract from her memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in YourLife (2017) [Chinese-American]
Homi K. Bhabha, ‘The World and the Home’ (1992)
Pengh Cheah, ‘What is a World?’ (2008)
Bill Ashcroft, ‘Alternative Modernities: Globalization and the Post-Colonial’ (2009)
Robert Young, ‘Postcolonial Remains’ (2012)
(Beyond) Post-Modern Literatures in English
Selected narrative texts by such writers as Jonathan Safran Foer, Paul Auster and Nicole Krauss.
Jeremy Green, Late Postmodernism: American Fiction at the Millennium, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
David James and Urmila Seshagiri, "Metamodernism: Narratives of Continuity and Revolution", PMLA 129.1 (2014): 87-97
Brian McHale, "Afterword: Reconstructing Postmodernism", Narrative, vol.21, No. 3 (October 2013): 357-364
Andrew Hoberek, "Introduction: After Postmodernism", Twentieth Century Literature, vol. 53, No. 3 (Fall 2007): 233-247
Mary K. Holland, "Writing Postmodern Humanism" in Succeeding Postmodernism. Language and Humanism in Contemporary American Literature, NY: Bloomsbury, 2013, pp. 1-23
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Portfolio, Portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline June 12th 2019First: 2 essays (5-7 pages) during and ending part one (each counting 25 % of the final grade)
Then: student conference at the end of part two (counts 50 % of the final grade).
- Exam registration requirements
This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1, Free Topic 2 and Free Topic 3.
Criteria for exam assesment
- Class Instruction