WiSe 13/14: S-Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures:Postcolonial Studies II: Cosmopolitan Fiction, Fictions of Cosmopolitanism
Kai Martin Wiegandt
We will assess ways in which contemporary fiction addresses issues such as cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, migration and notions of home and belonging. We will focus on works of three writers: ... read more
We will assess ways in which contemporary fiction addresses issues such as cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, migration and notions of home and belonging. We will focus on works of three writers: Slow Man and The Childhood of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee, in which immigration and the question of home are central; Lawrence Osborne's The Naked Tourist which explores how travel changes our perception of home and world, and his novel The Forgiven, set in Morocco; and Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room which pictures the development of the narrator through three travels.
Participants will have to read critical essays in addition to the assigned texts (the criticism will be made available on Blackboard). Regular attendance (no more than two missed classes), the writing of weekly response papers and a presentation are obligatory. Credits can be acquired by submitting a paper on a specialised topic. English is spoken in class. Your language skills should be at the C1 level or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Students are required to buy the following books (any edition):
Coetzee, J. M. Slow Man. London: Vintage, 2006.
Coetzee, J. M. The Childhood of Jesus. London: Harvill Secker, 2013.
Galgut, Damon.In a Strange Room. London: Penguin, 2010.
Osborne, Lawrence. The Naked Tourist. New York: North Point, 2006.
Osborne, Lawrence. The Forgiven. New York: Hogarth, 2013.