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123252 AR Literature Course - Literature 1/2 (MA) British/Irish/New English & Cultural Studies (2018S)

Conceptions of Happiness in Postcolonial Literature, TV Serial and Film

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

in preparation

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 09.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 16.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 23.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 13.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 20.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 27.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 04.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 11.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 18.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 25.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 01.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 08.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 15.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 22.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 29.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

A considerable number of popular postcolonial novels, TV serials and films are characterized by plot models which are based on Western as well as Eastern conceptions of happiness that continue to shape personal identities, ways of living, subcultures and cultures. In culturally diverse nations like Britain or India, notions of happiness influence migrants’ life plans, social and cultural expectations about "right" ways of living in relation to gender and ethnic identities as well as sexual orientation. In this seminar we will investigate the significance of different conceptions of happiness in a postcolonial context that often comprises migrant experiences. Seminar participants will learn to identify the conceptions of happiness (above all Utilitarian, Buddhist and Hinduist) represented in a British postcolonial novel, a TV serial and two films. Furthermore, we will explore the relationship between culturally diverse notions of happiness and plot models used in different media. In the course of this investigation, we shall examine whether these plot models affirm, endorse, criticize, question or transform the notions of happiness they negotiate.

Assessment and permitted materials

Presentation, short written assignments, exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance, active participation in class and on moodle, completion of assignments.

Examination topics

Reading list

Texts and DVDs
Hanif Kureishi: The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) novel
The Buddha of Suburbia, dir. Roger Michell (1993) TV serial
Bend it Like Beckham, dir. Gurinder Chadha (2002) film
Slumdog Millionaire, dir. Danny Boyle (2008) film
Seminar participants are requested to procure a copy of Kureishi’s Buddha of Suburbia by themselves, a DVD collection of the TV serial The Buddha of Suburbia will be provided at the beginning of the semester. DVDs of Bend it Like Beckham and Slumdog Millionaire are easily available in video stores. All critical literature will be provided at the beginning of the seminar.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344; MA 844; MA UF 046
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-323-325; MA4, MA6, MA7; M04A
Lehrinhalt: 12-0450

Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42