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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

English - Free topic 14: Literature, Racialisation and Ethnification

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Programme level Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Course responsible
  • Ulla Rahbek (4-7b727267466e7b7334717b346a71)
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Course number: HENK0390NU

Course content

In this course we will be discussing the socio-political categories of race (or ‘race’) and ethnicity with special focus on how processes of racialisation and ethnification affect literary migrant characters and their encounters with Britain and the US. We will be exploring race and ethnicity in a British context through encounters with (the ethnicity of) Englishness and British super-diversity and in an American context in the encounters not only with American ways of being raced but also with ways of being African in America. Our primary texts will predominantly be contemporary migrant literature that takes super-diverse Britain as setting or that traces the many complicated African migrant experiences in the US.


Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies


1 semester


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Teaching and learning methods

Class instruction




Preliminary reading list: Natascha Solomons, Mr Rosenblum’s List; Julian Barnes ‘East Wind’; Zadie Smith ‘The Embassy of Cambodia’; Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful things that Heaven Can Bear; NoViolet Bulowayo, We Need New Names and a selection of theoretical texts on race and ethnicity.


Category Hours
Lectures 28
Preparation 176,75
English 204,75

Exam (KA 2013-ordning)

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