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Introduction to British and American Culture

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THIS CODE WAS CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR ERASMUS STUDENTS. If you are a foreign student and you need a grade for this course, you should sign up for this code.

OBJECTIVES 1. To acquaint students with modern views of culture, multiculturalism, ethnicity, nation and cultural region applied to the English-speaking countries, especially Britain and the U.S. 2. To promote the understanding of the diversity of the English-speaking countries, historical developments and contemporary dynamics of their cultures 3. To outline relationships between literature and communication technologies (writing, printing press).

Individual Topics

- Introductory: Concepts and Forms of Culture, Understanding Culture in Britain and in the U.S.

- Nation / State

- Culture and Communication

- Culture and Politics in the UK

- Culture and Politics in the UK

- Cultural Diversity of the English Speaking Countries: England vs. Britain

- Cultural Diversity of the English Speaking Countries: Celtic Cultures

- Cultural Diversity of the English Speaking Countries: Commonwealth Countries

- Cultural Diversity of the English Speaking Countries: Cultural Regions in the U.S.

- Multiculturalism and Ethnicity: "New Britain" problems of national and cultural identity

- Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in the U.S.



Study materials available to the students who have signed up for the course (i.e. ppt presentations of lectures) on moodle.

Recommended reading:

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (London: Verso, 1991)

Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy and Other Writings, ed. Raymond Geuss, Quentin Skinner (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Sacvan Bercovitch, The Rites of Assent: Transformation of the Symbolic Construction of America (New York: Routledge,1993)

Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Joe Cleary and Claire Connolly, The Cambridge Companion to Modern

Irish Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Charles Crow (ed.), A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003)

Mike Davis, Dead Cities and Other Tales (New York: The New Press 2002)

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature (1975), trans. Dana Polan (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986)

Alison Donnell, Sarah Lawson Welsh (eds.), Reader in Caribbean Literature (London: Routledge, 1996)

Henry Louis Gates, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African American Literary Criticism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989)

Stuart Hall, Paul du Gay (eds.), Questions of Cultural Identity (London: Sage, 1997)

Gary J. Hausladen (ed.), Western Places, American Myths: How We Think about the West (Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 2003)

Eric Hobsbawm, Terence Ranger (eds.), The Invention of Tradition (1978) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

John Koch (ed.), Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopaedia (Santa Barbara: ABC CLIO, 2006)

P.J. Marshall (ed.), British Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1962)

Eugene Moehring, Urbanism and Empire in the Far West (Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 2004)

Francis Mulhern, Culture/Metaculture (London: Routledge, 2000)

Liza Nicholas, Elaine M. Bapis, Thomas J. Harvey (eds.), Imagining the Big Open: Nature, Identity and Play in the New West

(Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2003)

John Oakland, British Civilization (London: Routledge, 1998)

Walter Ong, Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word (London: Methuen, 1982)

Kwesi Owusu (ed.), Black British Culture and Society (London: Routledge, 2000)

Martin Procházka (ed.), After History (Praha: Litteraria Pragensia, 2006)

Edward Said, Orientalism (London and New York: Routledge, 1978)

Anthony D. Smith, The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism (Hanover: University

Press of New England, 2000)

Richard Sennett, Flesh and Stone: the Body and the City in the Western Civilization (New York and London: W.W. Norton and Co., 1994)

Werner Sollors, Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986)

Graeme Turner, British Cultural Studies (London: Routledge,1996)


Credits will be given on the basis of a final test - multiple choice (pass limit 60 per cent; three dates: December, January/February, May/June, two resits). Students register for the test in SIS when the dates are announced.