The seminar provides an overview of postcolonial storytelling and the concept of multiculturalism followed by an analysis of a variety of literary products ranging from the early 80s to the present. Questions of national identity will be covered as well as cultural, political and religious issues.
London as a hub of the British multicultural experience will be explored in greater detail. Excerpts from selected texts comprise works by e.g.
- Salman Rushdie, Midnight Children, 1981
- Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia, 1990
- Hanif Kureishi, The Black Album, 1995
- Arundhati Roy, The God of the Small Things, 1997
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2000
- Monica Ali, Brick Lane, 2000
- Rose Tremain, The Road Home, 2007
- Amanda Craig, Hearts and Minds, 2009
- John Lanchester, Capital, 2013
Each text will be analysed and assessed with regard to its suitability for classroom use. Excerpts from textbook units along with the accompanying tasks and media will be critically examined. Additional material from a variety of sources will be collected, presented and prepared for classroom use. Task design will be practiced by providing motivating challenges for young adult readers and learners of English.
On successful completion of this module, students should
- be familiar with the British Empire and the literature emerging from the post-colonial experience
-know about London`s significance for contemporary multicultural life
-be able to explain the role of English in post-colonial storytelling
-be able to analyse narrative texts reflecting the multicultural experience
-be familiar with the content and interpretation of the texts dealt with in class
-be able to assess the viability of select texts for classroom use
-be aware of the rules and regulations the Core Curriculum in Lower Saxony stipulates for the topic
-be able to critically assess literary products for teaching purposes and, if necessary, modify and edit them
- provide tasks accompanying literary texts reflecting the multicultural experience
Participants are expected to:
- Provide commentaries on topics discussed in class.
-Submit samples of work as part of a portfolio.