Webinar - AS Literature: “Space, place and subjectivity” in Stories of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Short Stories in English” (set readings for AS 2020/21/22)
AS Literature and Language teachers interested in working with both canonical and non-canonical texts from a literary linguistic perspective
5sessions, start: 24-Jun
The course chosen does not allow any new enrolment
- To promote a context-based approach to the reading of texts which lend themselves to exploring Literatures in Englishes.
- To look for and build strategies to raise teachers and students’ awareness of specific cultures and their worlds of meaning.
Contents: Set readings from the Anthology Stories of Ourselves for AS 2020 & 2021.
• Session 1: “Fathers and Sons” (24/6)
-Raymond Carver’s “Elephant”
-P G Wodehouse’s “The Custody of the Pumpkin”
-V S Pritchett’s “The Fly in The Ointment”
• Session 2: “Rites of passage” (25/6)
-Borden Deal’s “The Taste of Watermelon”
-Graham Greene’s “The Destructors”
Session 3: “Uncanny places” (1/7)
-H G Wells’s “The Door in the Wall”
-Nathaniel Hawthorne “The Hollow of the Three Hills”
• Session 4: “Ghastly apparitions” (2/7)
-Arthur Conan Doyle’s “How it Happened”
-Ted Hughes’s “The Rain Horse”
-Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince”
• Session 5: "Gendered space" (8/7)
-Ahdaf Soueif’s "Sandpiper"
-Virginia Woolf’s "The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection"
- Central themes (the present and the past; displacement; individual vs. society) and thematic threads (the motif of ‘home’ as resignifiying individual/collective identity) cutting all stories across.
- Narrative structure of the short stories.
- Symbols and motifs.
- Cultural gaps.
1) Presentation and discussion of how to approach texts from a literary linguistic perspective.
2) Each story’s/writer’s background and culture.
3) Signs of identity in a text written in English.
4) Guided group reflection and exchange of ideas on the main themes and issues raised by the text.
5) Reading of key extracts in the short stories and reflection on how they mean.
1) Ashcroft, Griffiths, Tiffin (1989) The Empire Writes Back, London: Routledge.
2) Ashcroft, Griffiths, Tiffin (1995) The Post- Colonial Reader, London: Routledge.
3) Boehmer, E. (1995) Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
4) Graddol, D. (1997) The Future of English?, London: The British Council.
5) Jenkins, C (ed.) (2009) Stories of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Short Stories in English, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.