Black British Writing



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Di 12:15-13:45, Raum C 601

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das PS Literature gehört in folgenden Studiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:

- BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul I: Thematisches Kombinationsmodul)

- Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Zwischenmodul L-GYM Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Basismodul Literature)

- Lehramt Englisch an Grund-, Haupt- und Realschulen: Zwischenmodul L-UF Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Elementarmodul Literature)


The discussion of 'black Britishness' and 'black British writing' has accumulated a long backstory in British postcolonial discourse and British literary history ever since the mid-20th century. In this course, we will explore a broad range of writers usually coined 'black British': Nigerian Chinua Achebe; Trinidad-born Sam Selvon; Nigerian Ben Okri; Kittian-British Caryl Phillips; and Nigerian-born Helen Oyeyemi. We will discuss four novels and a short-story collection that cover a wide geographical as well as thematic scope, moving from Nigeria to Lagos and London, and from the West Indies to Dover, and touch upon colonial, post-colonial and neo-colonial issues as well as questions of genre and story-telling in the process (the post-colonial short story, the London novel, post-modernism and post-colonial gothic).

Please note that attending this course entails a comparatively heavy reading load - students are therefore expected to start reading during the semester break. You should have finished reading at least |Things Fall Apart| and |Moses Ascending| by the beginning of term.

Empfohlene Literatur

- Chinua Achebe, |Things Fall Apart| (1958) - Sam Selvon, |Moses Ascending| (1975) - Ben Okri, |Stars of the New Curfew| (1988) - Caryl Phillips, |Cambridge| (1991) - Helen Oyeyemi, |White Is for Witching| (2009) Other mandatory reading will be provided via StudOn by the beginning of the semester.