Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize in 2019 for her polyvocal novel Girl, Woman, Other. The Booker committee's choice made history because Evaristo is the first, and so far the only black woman to have received the prestigious literary prize. Her prize-winning work is informed by a discourse of representation and black womanhood zooming in on the lives of twelve diverse protagonists, who are mostly black, mostly women, and living in Great Britain.
We will approach the text using different theoretical lenses (the trifecta of 'race', class and gender, as well as age, sexuality, and motherhood) and draw out the critical potential of the concept of 'intersectionality' (Kimberlé Crenshaw, 1989) in literary representation. Next to practising and improving your skills in applying critical theory and developing your own research questions, the course will further build upon your Grundkurs-knowledge through discussions of genre, narrative situation and characterisation techniques.
Please purchase Girl, Woman, Other (2019, ISBN-13: 978-0241984994) and start reading as soon as you can. Further texts will be made available on Stud.IP.