ENGL20491 Writing, Identity and Nation
Course Unit Director: Dr Liam Harte
1. Primary Reading
The best way to prepare for this course is to read the longer primary works before it begins. We recommend, therefore, that you focus on reading the following six prescribed novels:
Gibbon, Lewis Grassic. Sunset Song (Polygon, 2006).
Gurnah, Abdulrazak. By the Sea (Bloomsbury, 2002).
Lawrence, D. H. The Rainbow, ed. Mark Kinkead-Weekes (Penguin, 2007).*
Selvon, Sam. The Lonely Londoners, ed. Susheila Nasta (Penguin, 2006).
Smith, Zadie. White Teeth (Penguin, 2001).
Welsh, Irvine. Trainspotting (Vintage, 1994).
* Please make sure you buy the Penguin edition of this novel. Look for ISBN-10: 0141441380 / ISBN-13: 978-0141441382.
Selected poems by W.B. Yeats, Eavan Boland and Seamus Heaney will be made available via Blackboard when the course begins. W. B. Yeats’s short play, Cathleen Ni Houlihan, will also be available on Blackboard then.
2. Secondary Reading
If, having read the six novels above, you wish to consult some critical works, we can recommend the following:
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities (1991).
Bhabha, Homi (ed.). Nation and Narration (1990).
Colls, Robert. Identity of England (2002).
Crawford, Robert. Devolving English Literature (1992).
Gilroy, Paul. There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack (1987).
Kiberd, Declan. Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation (1996).
Kumar, Krishnan. The Making of English National Identity (2003).
Nairn, Tom. After Britain: New Labour and the Return of Scotland (2000).
Nairn, Tom. Faces of Nationalism: Janus Revisited (1998).
Norquay, Glenda and Smyth, Gerry (eds.). Across the Margins (2003).
Osmond, John. The Divided Kingdom (1988).
A full course guide will be made available via Blackboard at the start of the course. This will include details of critical works on individual authors. But for now, just concentrate on getting those six novels read!
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