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ENGL 442 1G - Contemp British and Irish Lit

Campus: Urbana-Champaign

Description:

This course considers how the unresolved problems of the past continue to haunt the literature of contemporary Britain, Ireland, and the postcolonial Anglophone world. These "returns of the repressed" range from personal traumas and difficult truths that have not been fully processed to groups of people who have suffered systematic inequality and violence. The texts we will read in ENGL 442 address the traumatic collapse of the post-war British empire, focusing not only on Britain's uneasy relationship to immigrants and postcolonial subjects but also on shifting gender roles, changing conceptions of sexual identity, and anxieties about literature's continued relevance in the context of new media. Readings may include works by Pat Barker, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi, Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy, Angela Carter, and Jeanette Winterson. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One year of college literature or consent of instructor.

Special Instructions:

This course will consider how unresolved problems of the past continue to haunt contemporary British literature. These -Returns of the Repressed- may range from personal traumas and difficult truths that have not been fully processed to groups of people who have suffered systematic inequality and violence. The semester will be divided into sections devoted to these returns including the traumas of two world wars, the aftermath of the global British empire and its collapse, Britain-s uneasy relationship to immigrants and postcolonial subjects, shifting gender roles and changing conceptions of sexual identity, and concerns about the novel-s continued relevance in the context of emergent, scientific discourses and new media. In examining these issues, we will ask how innovations in contemporary British fiction enable us to rethink larger questions about nationality, trauma, identity, and their narration. Readings will include works by Pat Barker, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Hanif

Option 1

Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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