ENGL 635 "London in Contemporary British Literature"
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Note: All assigned reading should be completed by the date listed.
[CP] = Online Class Pack. Continuities = Ackroyd's London: The Biography
London: An Introduction
|January||17||McLeod, from Postcolonial London (1-9); Bennett, "Colonisation in Reverse" (1966); Soyinka, "Telephone Conversation" (1960) [readings distributed as xerox in class]|
Inside/Outside: 1948 and All That
|24||Levy, Small Island (2003) (1-278)
Historical background: Morley and Robbins, "Chronology" (504-510); Phillips, from A New World Order (241-46, 264-282); Phillips and Phillips, from Windrush (26-103) [CP]
Response Paper #1 due (2 pages) on Levy
Continuities: "Blitz," "Refashioning the City" (720-750)
|31||• Levy, Small Island (281-438)
Selected reviews for Levy's Small Island [CP]
Leading Discussion: Levy, Small Island
• Selvon, from Ways of Sunlight (1957) (125-138; 161-166; 175-188); Ball, “Immigration and Postwar London Literature” (222-40); McLeod, from Postcolonial London (1-40) [CP]
|February||7||MacInnes, Absolute Beginners (1958)
McLeod, from Postcolonial London (40-58); Phillips and Phillips, from Windrush (158-180) [CP]
Continuities: "London as Crowd" (383-402), "London's Radicals," "Violent London" (455-490)
History Repeating?: Rebellion, Isolation, Integration
|14||Byatt, Babel Tower (1996) (3-369)
Response Paper #2 due (2 pages) on Byatt
Continuities: "From Prehistory to 1066," "The Early Middle Ages" (5-64)
Continuities: "London Contrasts," "The Late Medieval City," "Onward and Upward," "Trading Streets and Trading Parishes," "A London Neighborhood" (65-134)
|21||Byatt, Babel Tower (370-622)
Selected reviews for Byatt's Babel Tower; Alfer, "Realism and Its Discontents: The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life" (47-59) [CP]
Leading Discussion: Byatt, Babel Tower
Continuities: "Crime and Punishment" (237-295)
Continuities: "Voracious London" (297-382)
|F 24||Paper #1 due (4 pages) to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5 p.m. M.L.A. documentation format.|
|Su 26||Viewing of The Prisoner|
|March||7||Churchill, Cloud 9 (1978)
Selected reviews for Churchill's Cloud 9 [CP]
Continuities: "London as Theatre"(134-189)
|14||Winterson, Sexing the Cherry (1989)
Selected reviews for Winterson's Sexing the Cherry; Winterson, from Art Objects (26-44); "Interview with Jeanette Winterson" (11-29); Wasserstrom, "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been ... Postmodern?"; Hutcheon, from The Politics of Postmodernism (1-7, 47-54, 71-78) [CP]
Response Paper #3 due (2 pages) on Winterson
Leading Discussion: Winterson, Sexing the Cherry
Continuities: "Pestilence and Flame," "After the Fire" (191-236), "Black Magic, White Magic" (491-507)
Continuities: "A Fever of Building," "London's Rivers," "Under the Ground" (510-560)
|21||No Class -- Spring Break|
Escaping the Past, Imagining the Future
|28||Smith, White Teeth (2000) (1-256)
Continuities: "The Centre of Empire," "After the Great War" (685-720)
|April||4||Smith, White Teeth (257-448)
Selected reviews for Smith's White Teeth; Head, "Zadie Smith's White Teeth: Multiculturalism for the Millennium" (106-119) [CP]
Response Paper #4 due (2 pages) on Smith
Leading Discussion: Smith, White Teeth
|F 7||Essay Review due (4-5 pages) to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5 p.m. M.L.A. documentation format.|
|11||Bend it Like Beckham and Sherlock.|
|M 17||Prospectus (1 p.) for Paper #2 due to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5 p.m.|
|18||Ali, Brick Lane
Selected reviews for Ali's Brick Lane; Phillipson et. al., from Women in Transition (2003) (1-30); Kabeer, from The Power to Choose: Bangladeshi Women and Labour Market Decisions in London and Dhaka (2000) (193-229, 421-431) [CP]
Leading Discussion: Ali, Brick Lane
Continuities: "Victorian Megalopolis" (561-585), "Continuities," "East and South" (647-684)
Continuities: "London's Outcasts," "Women and Children" (587-645)
|25||• Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (2000)
Selected reviews for Haddon's The Curious Incident..., Haddon, "B is for Best Seller," and Donnelly, "Paperback Writer" [online]
Leading Discussion: Haddon, The Curious Incident...
• Selected poems: John Agard, "Windrush Welcome" (1998), "Uncle Mo Steps Out" (1998), "Remember the Ship" (1998); and Benjamin Zephaniah, "What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us" (1998); Childs, from The Twentieth Century in Poetry (180-204) [CP]
• Draft thesis claim for Paper #2
Continuities: "The Natural History of London," "Night and Day" (403-453), "Cockney Visionaries" (751-760)
|M 1||Paper #2 (and abstract) due to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5 p.m. M.L.A. documentation format.|
|2||• Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Recommended reading: Westman, "Spectres of Thatcherism: Contemporary British Culture in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series" (305-328) [CP]
• Selected poems: Fleur Adcock, "Immigrant" (1979) and "Instead of an Interview" (1979); Jackie Kay, "In My Country" (1993); Moniza Alvi, "Arrival 1946"(1993); Merle Collins, "Visiting Yorkshire -- Again" (1992) and "When Britain Had Its GREAT" (1992) [CP]
• Coda: McLeod, from Postcolonial London (189-194); Phillips, from A New World Order (303-309) [CP]
|9||Final Exam (IDs & essay): 6:20-8:10 p.m.|