Webinar - "Dwelling on the Boundaries of Home and the Self in Stories of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Short Stories in English" (set reading for IGCSE 2022 & 2023)
IGCSE Literature and Language teachers interested in the "new literatures" and in working with both canonical and non-canonical texts
- To explore instrumental reading and its formative value.
- To propose a context-based and a literary linguistic approach to the reading of texts.
- To look for and build strategies to raise teachers and students’ awareness of specific cultures, their representation systems and their worlds of meaning.
- To prepare materials that meet IGCSE Literature core objectives.
Contents: All 10 (ten) short stories from Stories of Ourselves:
From Stories of Ourselves Volume 2, the following 10 stories:
-no. 2 Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘Dr Heidegger’s Experiment’
-no. 16 O Henry’s ‘The Furnished Room’
-no. 18 Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Widow’s Might’
-no. 25 Henry Handel Richardson’s ‘And Women Must Weep’
-no. 29 Marghanita Laski’s ‘The Tower’
-no. 31 Janet Frame’s ‘The Reservoir’
-no. 32 Langston Hughes’s ‘Thank You M’am’
-no. 41 Anjana Appachana’s ‘Sharmaji’
-no. 43 Yiyun Li’s ‘A Thousand Years of Good Prayers’
-no. 44 Segun Afolabi’s ‘Mrs Mahmood’
This selection of 10 short stories may be found in Stories of Ourselves Volume 2: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Short Stories in English (Cambridge University Press); passages from these stories in the paper will be printed as in this text.
A literary-linguistic analysis of texts combining genetic, mimetic, intertextual and pragmatic approaches, actively working on:
Authors and their context of production.
Central themes (the present and the past; displacement and dislocation; entrapment and isolation; the purposelessness of life; the plight of life/death) and thematic threads (the motif of ‘home’ as resignifying individual/collective identity) cutting across set stories.
Symbols and motifs.
Diction, imagery and rhetoric.
Methodology: 1) Presentation and discussion of how to approach IGCSE set texts. 2) Exploration of each story’s background and their context of production 3) Literary linguistic analyses of set texts 4) Reading of key extracts in the short stories and reflection on how they mean 5) Critical analysis of IGCSE papers (passage for comment, literary essay and the unseen text.
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) CAMBRIDGE ASSESSMENT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (2020). Stories of Ourselves: The Cambridge Assessment International Education Anthology of Stories in English, Volume 2 (ISBN 9781108436199).
5) GRADDOL, D. (1997) The Future of English?, London: The British Council.