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The State of the Nation Novel - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer
SWS 2 Semester SoSe 2021
Einrichtung Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik   Sprache englisch
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Belegungsfrist 06.04.2021 - 10.05.2021

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Seminar Di 14:00 bis 16:00 wöchentlich 13.04.2021 bis 20.07.2021  Online.Veranstaltung Pittel   30
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The state-of-the-nation novel is a name given to a specifically British type of political prose narrative, modelled on a certain strand of Victorian novels – most notably, works by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell and Anthony Trollope – and generally featuring a complex constellation of various characters in an urban setting, typically conveying a modern sense of alienation and moral confusion. While one might dismiss this traditional approach to probing into the structure of feeling of a nation at a specific time (including its political elites and the larger society) as somewhat dated and overcome, the state-of-the-nation novel has had a recent revival with the so-called Brexit Fiction associated with writers like Jonathan Coe, Anthony Cartwright, Ali Smith and Amanda Craig.

This course will look at the state-of-the-nation novel in various historical contexts, paying special attention to its most recent figuration after the Brexit referendum. A general question will be how this national approach to literature writing can nonetheless be understood as a kind of world literature engaging with the effects of globalisation.
Literatur Parrinder, Patrick. Nation and Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day, Oxford UP, 2006.
Eaglestone, Robert, ed. Brexit and Literature: Critical and Cultural Responses, Routledge, 2018.
Leistungsnachweis Participation in forum discussions (3 entries in the course of the semester) to pass (ungraded). Term papers (graded) are also possible.

Strukturbaum
Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SoSe 2021 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2022/23