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The Origins of Postcolonial England, 2020/21, Semester 2
Catherine Karkov
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Week 1

Tacitus, the Annals (Books 12, 31-40, and 14, 29-38).

Mattingly, David. ‘“Nothing to Fear or Rejoice at,” Britain, Britons and the Roman Empire’, in An imperial possession : Britain in the Roman Empire, 54 BC - AD 409 (Harmondsworth, 2006), 47-84.

Mattingly, David. ‘From Imperium to Imperialism’, in Imperialism, power, and identity : experiencing the Roman Empire (Princeton, 2011), 3-42.

Hingley, Richard. Hadrian's Wall : a life (Oxford, 2012), 13-32.

Holsinger, Bruce. ‘Medieval Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and the Genealogy of Critique’, Speculum. 77.4 (2002), 1195-1227.

Young, Robert J. C. ‘Colonialism and the Politics of Postcolonial Critique’, in Postcolonialism : an historical introduction (Oxford, 2001), 1-11.

Loomba, Anita. ‘Situating Colonial and Postcolonial Studies’, in Literary Theory: An anthology , ed. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan (Oxford, 2004), 1100-1111.

Week 2

Gildas, The ruin of Britain, and other works , ed. Michael Winterbottom (London, 1978), 13-29.

Excerpt from Bede’s Ecclesiastical History , Book 1, i-viii.

Halsall, Guy. ‘Fifth- and Sixth-Century Politics in Britannia ’ in Worlds of Arthur : facts and fictions of the dark ages (Oxford, 2013), 253-99.

Kabir, Ananya Jahanara. ‘Affect, Body, Place: Trauma Theory in the World’, in The future of trauma theory : contemporary literary criticism , ed Gert Buelens, Samuel Durrant and Robert Eaglestone (London, 2013), 63-76.

Cambridge, Eric. ‘The Architecture of the Augustine Missions’, in St Augustine and the conversion of England , ed. Richard Gameson (Stroud, 1999), 202-36.

Week 3

Hingley, Richard. Hadrian's Wall : a life (Oxford, 2012), 33-50.

Collins, Rob. ‘The Frontier at the End of Empire: Decline, Collapse or Transformation? ’ in Hadrian's Wall and the end of empire : the Roman frontier in the 4th and 5th centuries (London, 2012), 154-69.

Siewers, Alfred K. ‘Landscapes of Conversion: Guthlac’s Mound and Grendel’s Mere as Expression of Anglo-Saxon Nation Building’, Viator. 34 (2003), 1-39. Reprinted in The postmodern Beowulf : a critical casebook , ed. Eileen A. Joy and Mary K. Ramsey (Morgantown, WV, 2006), 200-57.

Toop, Nicola J. ‘Northumbria in the West: Considering Interaction through Monumentality’, in Early medieval Northumbria : kingdoms and communities, AD 450-1100 (Turnhout, 2011), 84-111.

Howe, Nicholas J. ‘Rome: Capital of Anglo-Saxon England’, The journal of medieval and early modern studies. 34.1 (2004), 147-72.

Week 4

Mehan, Uppinder and David Townsend. ‘“Nation” and the Gaze of the Other in Eighth-Century Northumbria’, Comparative literature. 53.1 (2001), 1-26.

Karkov, Catherine. ‘The Arts of Writing: Voice, Image, Object’, in The Cambridge history of early medieval English literature , ed. Clare A. Lees (Cambridge, 2013), 73–98.

Kay, Sarah. ‘Legible Skins: Animals and the Ethics of Medieval Reading’, Postmedieval 2 (2011), 13-32.

Week 5

Davis, Kathleen. ‘National Writing in the Ninth Century: A Reminder for Postcolonial Thinking about the North’, The journal of medieval and early modern studies. 28.3 (1998), 611-37.

Hadley, Dawn. ‘The Scandinavian Settlements: the development of a Debate’, in The Vikings in England : settlement, society and culture (Manchester, 2006), 1-27.

Week 7

Karkov, Catherine ‘Postcolonial’, in A handbook of Anglo-Saxon studies , ed. Jacqueline Stodnick and Renée Trilling (Chichester, 2012), 149–63.

Lang, James. ‘The Hogback: A Viking Colonial Monument’, in Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 3, ed. Sonia Chadwick Hawkes, James Campbell and David Brown (Oxford, 1984), 85-176.

Week 8

Treharne, Elaine. ‘“Shame and Wrath had the Saxons”: the Trauma of Conquest’, in Living Through Conquest : The Politics of Early English, 1020-1220 (Oxford, 2012), 69-90

Townend, Matthew. ‘Cnut’s Poets: an Old Norse Literary Community in Eleventh-Century England, in Conceptualizing multilingualism in medieval England, c.800-c.1250 (Turnhout, 2011), 197-215.

Week 9

Heather Blurton, ‘ Reliquae : Writing Relics in Anglo-Norman Durham’, in Cultural diversity in the British Middle Ages : archipelago, island, England , ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (NY, 2008), 39-56.

Ashe, Laura. ‘The Normans in England: A question of Place’, in Fiction and history in England, 1066-1200 (Cambridge, 2007), 28-80.

Lynn Staley, ‘Writing in the Shadow of Bede: England and the Island Garden’, in The island garden : England's language of nation from Gildas to Marvell (Notre Dame, 2012), 15-70.

Lavezzo, Kathy. ‘Introduction: Modern Motherland and Ancient Otherworld’ in Angels on the edge of the world : geography, literature, and English community, 1000-1534 (Ithaca, NY,), 1-26.

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