609368 PS British and/or Postcolonial Literature: The Environmental Imaginaries of Poetry, Fiction and Drama

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609368
PS British and/or Postcolonial Literature: The Environmental Imaginaries of Poetry, Fiction and Drama
PS 2
2,5
weekly
each semester
English

This proseminar offers students an introduction to the field of environmental literature. Various texts by postcolonial and anglophone authors will be analysed. The course promotes

- the understanding and appreciation of cultural and literary works;

- the understanding of the function, relevance and role of the respective texts in relation to environmental imaginaries, including climate change and climate justice.

Students who have successfully completed the proseminar have developed and strengthened their critical literacy skills through analysis of a wide range of cultural and literary texts. This includes thorough preparation of the texts to be discussed before class, as well as regular oral and written contributions.

In the last decade, climate change has emerged as a dominant theme in literature. Its popularity in fiction has given rise to the term cli-fi, or climate change fiction. Theatres have seen an increase in climate change plays. There has been a growing trend, too, of climate change poetry. This proseminar will focus on climate change and how it is reflected in global Anglophone literatures. Besides theoretical introductions to the topic, we will read and discuss poems by Marshall Island performance artist Kathy Jetnil Kijiner, a full-length drama by Canadian playwright Chantal Bilodeau, and samples of writing by English author Helen Simpson.

 

 

 

positive completion of compulsory module 13

not applicable