609695 SE/2 SE Literatures in English: Migrant Literature and Writing in Second Language

summer semester 2018 | Last update: 01.06.2018 Place course on memo list
609695
SE Literatures in English: Migrant Literature and Writing in Second Language
SE 2
10
weekly
each semester
English

By the end of the course, we will reflect on two major questions:

 

-  Is cultural universality / imperialism inclusive rather than exclusive?

 

-  Should we resist English as a cultural hegemony, or embrace it and use it as a free space, a place in which different cultural experiences can be allowed and interchanged?  

My course will be about migrant literature in the post-colonial period. The focus will be on authors who express themselves in a non-native language, writers such as Conrad, Nabokov, Eva Hoffman, Ha Jin, Aleksandar Hemon. I also use my own case, since I am a writer who came from the East, experienced cultural uprooting and immigration, and who, finally, has adopted a second language, English, in which to write.

 

Through this course we will explore questions such as:

-                     After Exile and Migration, how does a writer continue to survive with intellectual and emotional integrity?

-                     Is it artistically viable for the writer retain her/his original cultural identity, working in their native language in a foreign land (as in Solzhenitsyn & W. G. Sebald)? Or:

-                     Can the writer construct a language hybrid, as a new positive force, thereby creating a literary country of their own (as in Aleksandar Hemon and Ha Jin)?

 

The fact that English is currently the lingua franca, and countries such as the USA, Britain, Australia and Canada are still major immigration destinations, how can non-native English speakers and writers claim English as their own literary vehicle? Do colonial histories provide the soil for language experimentations?

 

During my teaching we will study several major contemporary bilingual authors and find out the characteristic nature of their expression, and we will explore the double consciousness and hybridism in these writers’ works.

 

Xiaolu Guo CV:

 

Xiaolu Guo is a British/Chinese novelist, essayist and filmmaker. Born in China in 1973, she published several books in Chinese. She began to write in English from 2003 after she moved to Europe. Her novel A Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Village of Stone was nominated for Dublin International Literary Award. I Am China, her previous novel, was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize. She also directed several award winning feature films. She, A Chinese won the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival 2009. UFO in Her Eyes premiered at Toronto Film Festival and received the Audience Award at Milan 3-Continet Film Festival. Her memoir Once Upon a Time in the East was published in 2017 in English, shortlisted for the Costa Book Award, and translated into German, Italian and Swedish. She is currently a guest professor in World Literature at the University Bern. Guo was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, a list drawn up once a decade.  

 

 

Presentations, discussions, group work

Active participation, presentation, term paper

THOU SHALL NOT SPEAK MY LANGUAGE by Abdelfattah Kilito

THE ENIGMA OF ARRIVAL by V. S. Naipaul

A SEVENTH MAN by John Berger

THE WRITER AS MIGRANT by Ha Jjn

LOST IN TRANSLATION by Eva Hoffman

THE LAZARUS PROJECT by Aleksandar Hemon

THE QUESTION OF BRUNO by Aleksandar Hemon

A CONCISE CHINESE ENGLISH DICTIONARY FOR LOVERS by Xiaolu Guo

ES WAR EINMAL IM FERNEN OSTEN by Xiaolu Guo

 

 

MA Programme: none

Teacher Training Programme (2001): Positive completion of first part of studies (1. Studienabschnitt).

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08.03.2018
Group 0
Date Time Location
Thu 2018-06-07
10.00 - 16.00 Mehrzweckraum Mehrzweckraum Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2018-06-14
10.00 - 16.00 Mehrzweckraum Mehrzweckraum Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Thu 2018-06-21
10.00 - 16.00 Mehrzweckraum Mehrzweckraum Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired