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123425 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2014S)

Decolonising the Mind

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

The colonisation of foreign territories would not have been possible if the colonial masters had only used armed force. Back in the 1980s, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o drew attention to the use of propagandist arguments in the subjugation of non-Western peoples. He pointed to the significance of Christianisation in the transformation of traditional communities into modern societies which fashioned themselves according to European standards, even after the colonial masters had officially handed over their power to native rulers. The literary works discussed in this seminar reflect their writers’ striving to go beyond an indictment of the colonisers as the source of all evil. Instead they explore the complicities between the colonisers and certain individuals who enrich(ed) themselves dramatically when they as a consequence of being granted privileges. A particular emphasis will be on the family relationships which characterise households struggling to come to terms with the consequences of independence. The seminar concentrates on literary works which demand that the formerly colonised nations take responsibility in order to move beyond the civil war and corruption which accompanied decolonisation.

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Details

max. 20 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 10.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 17.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 24.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 31.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 07.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 28.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 05.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 12.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 19.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 26.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 02.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 16.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 23.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Montag 30.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The colonisation of foreign territories would not have been possible if the colonial masters had only used armed force. Back in the 1980s, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o drew attention to the use of propagandist arguments in the subjugation of non-Western peoples. He pointed to the significance of Christianisation in the transformation of traditional communities into modern societies which fashioned themselves according to European standards, even after the colonial masters had officially handed over their power to native rulers. The literary works discussed in this seminar reflect their writers’ striving to go beyond an indictment of the colonisers as the source of all evil. Instead they explore the complicities between the colonisers and certain individuals who enrich(ed) themselves dramatically when they as a consequence of being granted privileges. A particular emphasis will be on the family relationships which characterise households struggling to come to terms with the consequences of independence. The seminar concentrates on literary works which demand that the formerly colonised nations take responsibility in order to move beyond the civil war and corruption which accompanied decolonisation.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

- Participation in class
- Short presentations
- Outline of bachelor thesis / seminar paper
- Bachelor theis / seminar paper

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

- To provide an overview of African literature.
- To contextualise the processes of decolonisation.
- To gain a complex understanding of the power relations in the family of the postcolony.
- To apply postcolonial criticism to the interpretation of African literature.

Prüfungsstoff

- Short introductory contextualisations by the course leader
- Discussions in class
- Short student presentations

Literatur

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Dreams in a Time of War
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
Abdulrazak Gurnah, By the Sea
Johnny Masilela, We Shall Not Weep
The novels are available for purchase with Facultas. Some additional material will be available on Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322, BA09.2, 10.2, MA4, MA6, MA7;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0373

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:33