Key facets pertaining to our commonplace knowledge (and school teaching) of modern Britain – above all, the image of the UK as a welfare state and as a postethnic, postcolonial society – evolved in the postwar era. This seminar is designed to cover a broad range of literary and cultural phenomena spanning the late 1940s to the early 1960s from Orwell‘s essayistic writings, the expansion of the education system and the angry young men, the socialist drama of the late 1950s, The Movement in poetry and working-class fiction to postcolonial migration („Windrush“) and its afterlives in recent politics and fiction.
- Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim (Penguin Essentials – please obtain your own copy)
- John Osborne, Look Back in Anger (Faber Modern Classics – please obtain your own copy)
- Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (Penguin Modern Classics– please obtain your own copy)
Further primary reading to be announced. Shorter course material will be available on Moodle.