FSEM1020-01.First Year Sem: Multicult Engl.F13.Deffenbacher,Kristina
First Year Sem: Multicult Engl
Academic Term and Year
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Area of Study
In this writing-intensive seminar we will examine representations and realities of multiculturalism in modern England. We will explore how histories—especially of empire, slavery, and immigration—shape and are in turn shaped by contemporary racial/ethnic/ religious relations in England. Our texts for this first section of the course will include Zadie Smith’s fictional intervention in these histories—her award-winning novel, White Teeth (2000) —and a sociological and political study, Race and Racism in Britain. We will then tighten our focus to the post-World War II history of one district in London: Notting Hill. For this case study we will analyze accounts of the Notting Hill race riots, engage in cultural studies of the Notting Hill Carnival, and explore how the internationally-popular film Notting Hill (1999) represents the neighborhood, whiteness, and Britishness. Along the way, we will reflect on the implications of our findings for how we think about multiculturalism in the U.S. At the end of the course, students will engage in independent research projects on related issues. Because this is a Writing Intensive FYSem, you do not need to register for English 1110.
Deffenbacher, Kristina, "FSEM1020-01.First Year Sem: Multicult Engl.F13.Deffenbacher,Kristina" (2013). Syllabi. 1825.