Seminar: 3.02.131 S Multiculture beyond the Metropoles: Writing the Rural in Black and Asian British Literature - Details

Seminar: 3.02.131 S Multiculture beyond the Metropoles: Writing the Rural in Black and Asian British Literature - Details

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Course name Seminar: 3.02.131 S Multiculture beyond the Metropoles: Writing the Rural in Black and Asian British Literature
Course number 3.02.131
Semester SoSe2024
Current number of participants 15
maximum number of participants 40
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Friday, 05.04.2024 14:00 - 16:00, Room: V04 0-033
Lehrsprache englisch
ECTS points 6

Rooms and times

V04 0-033
Friday: 14:00 - 16:00, weekly (14x)

Module assignments


Black and Asian British literature is a vibrant and highly dynamic field of cultural production which, in recent decades has also become a well-established and popular topic in universities and schools. But so far, attention to British multicultural spaces has mainly focused on a few large urban centres in and around London, Leeds or Manchester. Partly, this makes sense, because these places are indeed major diversity hubs. But there are people of colour in all corners of the UK, even in small and supposedly remote villages, and these non-metropolitan voices are often overlooked. Even where this oversight is unintentional, it implies that diversity is an anomaly, limited to a few big cities, while the rest of the country is still seen as a quintessentially white space. By contrast, this seminar looks beyond the big cities and examines texts from Black and Asian British literature (incl. novels for children and adults, poetry and drama, mainly from the last 20 years) that decidedly engage with rural spaces, inscribing various diasporic presences and multicultural connections into places where they might not, at first, be expected. This complicates conventional concepts of national and regional identity, diasporicity, city and country, tradition, (post)modernity and progress, to give a more nuanced picture of British diversity in the 21st century. Depending on student interests, we may also spend a little time reflecting on how such literary texts, and the issues they raise, can be included in EFL school-teaching.

One of our set texts is Leila Aboulela’s novel Bird Summons (1st publ. 2019); this book should be purchased in advance (no prescribed edition).
The other set texts (excerpts from other longer texts, whole texts of shorter works like poems, etc.) will be made available via our online course platform Stud.IP.

Requirements for passing this course and acquiring credits are:
1) Regular attendance & active participation
2) 1 graded assignment / Prüfungsleistung. In this course, this takes the form of a presentation (c.15–30 min.) with subsequent write-up (c.10 pp.)

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ang612-615 Aufbau Lit/Cult".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • This setting is active from 11.03.2024 06:00 to 31.07.2024 23:59.
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Subject is Englisch
    • Degree is Erw.fach Gymnasium
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Subject is Gender Studies
    • Subject is Anglistik
  • This setting is active from 11.03.2024 06:00 to 15.03.2024 08:10.
    Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 15.03.2024 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 11.03.2024, 06:00 to 31.07.2024, 23:59.
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