Proseminar “Contemporary British Historical Fiction” (Summer 2023)
In the last couple of years, there has been a significant tendency in British culture and society to look back to the country’s past. This can for instance be observed in Brexit’s central slogan ‘take back control’, which nostalgically promises the restoration of an allegedly lost golden age, or the popularity of the historical fiction genre. Drawing on current research, we will discuss the main characteristics of this genre and compare different ways in which these cultural products represent and engage with British history. In doing so, the seminar will also touch upon key issues such as national identity, gender, class, nostalgia, and revisions of history. In our analysis, we will take different media forms such as novels, films or TV series and the differences between them into consideration.
Aufbauseminar Culture (Summer 2023)
Seminars at Other Universities
Universität Paderborn: “Borders and National / European Identity: (Northern) Irish and British Perspectives” (Winter 2022-23)
Ruhr-Universität-Bochum: Nostalgia in Contemporary British Culture and Society (Summer 2021)
Ruhr-Universität-Bochum: BrexLit: Literary Responses to Brexit and Current British Politics (Winter 2020-21)
Universität Paderborn: Teaching Popular Culture (Summer 2019)
Universität Paderborn: Teaching Literature in the EFL Classroom (Winter 2018-19)
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