Transatlantic literature

Course Dates: 12/01/21 - 16/03/21
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Online
Tutors:

This class examines transatlantic literature, embarking on a voyage of intercontinental literary exploration to investigate the history of literary exchanges between Europe and the Americas. From the Hispanic Atlantic and the Black Atlantic to the French and British Atlantic, we encounter a rich body of important writing that charts the unfolding relationship between the new and old worlds.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

The course draws on recent developments in literary studies that seek to reframe both European and American literature in the context of transatlantic studies, examining texts from both continents in light of their engagement with concerns that characterise the relationship between the old and new worlds. From politics, race, history, gender, culture and art, the class looks at writers who find themselves between worlds and whose work has been shaped by a transatlantic consciousness.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The class engages in a selective and ambitious historical survey of texts that capture many of the concerns of transatlantic authors, including the encounter with different cultures through travel and exploration, the artistic legacy of divided continental loyalties, the appeal of history, and how literature engages with the economics, politics and morality of modern transatlantic history, from slavery to capitalism. We will examine the following texts:

Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Selections from The Conquest of New Spain (c.1570s)
Michel de Montaigne, “Of Cannibals” (1580)
Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789)
W.H. Hudson, Far Away and Long Ago (1918)
Blaise Cendrars, “Panama, or the Adventure of my Seven Uncles” (1918)
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926)
Nella Larsen, Quicksand (1928)
Hart Crane, Selections from The Bridge (1930)
B. Traven, The Death Ship (1934)
Film: Werner Herzog, Cobra Verde

Some texts will be provided by the tutor, and copies are both cheaply available to buy and through local libraries. Full information will be provided by the tutor in advance.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Have developed their literary, historical, and cultural knowledge and expression through varied reading on the subject of transatlantic literature.
-Students will develop understanding of key literary works that treat the relationship between Europe and the Americas, expanding their knowledge of the thematic, historical, literary and political contexts of transatlantic literature.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No particular skills are needed other than an interest in literature, reading and discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The class will be held in two-hour sessions over ten weeks. The first hour will be an interactive lecture on the text, writer, themes and contexts. The second half will be a round table and small group discussion of the texts in detail.
You will be expected to read in advance for the week's session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Just have a copy of the relevant text for discussion each week.
Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Selections from The Conquest of New Spain (c.1570s)
Michel de Montaigne, “Of Cannibals” (1580)
Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789)
W.H. Hudson, Far Away and Long Ago (1918)
Blaise Cendrars, “Panama, or the Adventure of my Seven Uncles” (1918)
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926)
Nella Larsen, Quicksand (1928)
Hart Crane, Selections from The Bridge (1930)
B. Traven, The Death Ship (1934)
Film: Werner Herzog, Cobra Verde

Some texts will be provided by the tutor, and copies are both cheaply available to buy and through local libraries. Full information will be provided by the tutor in advance.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look up Literature courses on our website, www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing/Literature.

Reviews
Tutor Biographies
Richard Niland

Richard Niland has published widely on Joseph Conrad and a range of other 19th and 20th century writers. He taught for many years at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is interested in the various intersections of literature, culture, politics, music and film in different global contexts.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

This course has now started

Course Code: HLT10

Started Tue, day, 12 Jan - 16 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £115.00

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