Literature

Crossing the Divide: Multicultural Britain

Although British culture is diverse, you would not think so from mainstream British literature. During this course, participants will gain from a broader, more inclusive approach through a close reading of Booker prize-winning Bernardine Evaristo and poets such as Raymond Antrobus. Evaristo’s “Girl, Woman, Other” tells the stories of a dozen British women, most of whom are black, and spans more than 100 years, dealing with topics such as identity, ancestry, prejudice, motherhood, sex, politics and art.

Antrobus won the Ted Hughes award for poetry, as well as performing at Glastonbury. His poems explore questions of existence and identity, often around his Jamaican-British heritage, masculinity, and d/Deafness.

Participants should have read “Girl, Woman, Other” before the course, and bring a copy of that and also of Raymond Antrobus’ “Perseverance” in order to get the most out of the seminars.

Level of Ability: Suitable for all

Teaching Style:
Group Work
Discussion
Seminar

Tutor: Elaine Oswald

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