After the results of the recent Brexit referendum in the UK and the presidential election in the US, journalists and critics were quick to identify one reason why these results came as a shock to pundits and pollsters: the trend of accessing and discussing news in a 'bubble' of likeminded peers that shuts out other, conflicting opinions. Contrary to what our 'liberal bubble' may suggest, the results of both votes have demonstrated that racism, populism and xenophobia not only exist within the 'basket of deplorables'. Their continued depiction as issues of an 'uneducated underclass' is thus problematic: to assume that racism is something "out there” ignores its genteel manifestations in our own bubble.
In this course we turn to texts that attempt to address these issues in less simplistic ways, starting with Maggie Gee's novel The White Family, written in response to the racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993.
Please purchase and read:
Maggie Gee (2008), The White Family. Telegram Books, ISBN 978-1846590436.
Additional material will be made available on Stud.IP and in class.