ENGL 635 "London in Contemporary British Literature"
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The weekly message board will run from Saturday to Friday, to encourage you to post right after as well as before our weekly class discussions, but I encourage you to contribute your ideas throughout the week and to check the board for others’ postings. Your postings do not need to be long, but they do need to be substantive: they must be long enough to convey clearly the problem you are taking up and your point of view, connecting your comment to others’ comments whenever possible. I will offer models of successful comments early in the semester.
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Examination: You will have a cumulative final exam.
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Note: All assigned reading should be completed by the date listed.
[CP] = Online Class Pack. [W] = Web. Continuities = Ackroyd's London: The Biography
London: An Introduction
|January||22||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
|29||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)
|February||5||• 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]
|12||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
|19||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)
|26||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]
Class Discussion Questions: Byatt, Babel Tower
Continuities: "Crime and Punishment" (237-295)
Continuities: "Voracious London" (297-382)
|March||F 1||Paper #1 due (4 pages) to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5 p.m. M.L.A. documentation format.|
|Su 3||Viewing of The Prisoner|
• London on TV: The Prisoner; critical reading on The Prisoner [CP]
No Class -- Spring Break
|19||Churchill, Cloud 9 (1978)
Selected reviews for Churchill's Cloud 9 [CP]
Continuities: "London as Theatre"(134-189)
|26||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
Class Discussion Questions: 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)
Escaping the Past, Imagining the Future
|April||2||Smith, White Teeth (2000) (1-256)
Continuities: "The Centre of Empire," "After the Great War" (685-720)
|9||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
Class Discussion Questions: Smith, White Teeth
|F 12||Essay Review due (4-5 pages) to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5 p.m. M.L.A. documentation format.|
|M 15||Prospectus (1 p.) for Paper #2 due to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5 p.m.|
|16||Bend it Like Beckham and Sherlock.|
|23||• Ali, Brick Lane (2003)
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]
Class Discussion Questions: Ali, Brick Lane
• O'Hagan, selections ("The Fire," "The Facts") from "The Tower" [W]
• Draft thesis claim for Paper #2
Continuities: "Victorian Megalopolis" (561-585), "Continuities," "East and South" (647-684)
Continuities: "London's Outcasts," "Women and Children" (587-645)
|30||• Wheatle, Crongton Knights (2017)
Selected interviews with Wheatle by Claire Armitstead (17 Nov 2016) and with Homa Khaleeli (18 Nov 2016); Wheatle on Tolkien's influence (15 March 2016) and creating the world of Crongton (25 Oct 2016) [W]
Class Discussion Questions: Wheatle, Crongton Knights.
• 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]
Continuities: "The Natural History of London," "Night and Day" (403-453), "Cockney Visionaries" (751-760)
|M 6||Paper #2 (and abstract) due to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5 p.m. M.L.A. documentation format.|
|7||• Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1997)
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]
|14||Final Exam (IDs & essay): 6:20-8:10 p.m.
Professional development tasks due