Program “Zilele Porţilor Deschise”

Masterul de Studii Culturale Britanice are plăcerea de a vă invita să asistaţi la o serie de cursuri în cadrul Zilelor Porţilor Deschise. Găsiţi mai jos o descriere detaliată a tematicii fiecărui curs, numele profesorilor şi data la care se vor ţine. Toate cursurile vor avea loc în sala BCSC (aflată la etajul I al Facultaţii de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine din Pitar Moş). Vom reveni cu detalii despre alte cursuri în zilele care vor urma.

Vă aşteptăm cu drag,

Dragoş Manea

Secretar BCSC

 

POSTCOLONIAL INSCRIBINGS: INDIAN IDENTITIES

Dr. Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru

April 14, 16-18. BCSC.

The course sets out to explore and challenge the postcolonial mission of “the Empire writing back to the Centre” (Salman Rushdie) in the case of contemporary Indian fiction in English and show that this fiction is highly relevant to contemporary (postcolonial) identity concerns. It is also among the most articulate, readable and popular of writing in today’s world, due to its overcoming of the postmodern crisis of form through its use of the Indian tradition of oral storytelling.

The focus will be double: we shall discuss postcolonial theory in direct relation to concrete literary examples chosen so as to address the negotiation between the British legacy and the epic, mythic, storytelling and theatrical traditions of India. Whilst recent fiction will be our main focus (approached from a thematic rather than chronological perspective), narrative texts will be read in a wide historical, social and cultural context and in their relation with Indian traditions, mostly with the tradition of Indian theatre and oral storytelling. We shall discuss the significance of the gesture of writing in English and focus on the continuous opening-up of Resident and Non-Resident Indian writing to a worldwide readership. This goes beyond the postcolonial centre-margin dichotomy towards a cultivation of specific individualities that draw inspiration from storytelling, performance and myth.

 

ASPECTS OF SCOTTISH CULTURE

Dr. James Brown

April 15, 16-18. BCSC.

This module offers a series of perspectives on some of the factors that contribute to Scotland’s distinct political and cultural identity within a larger British and European context.

The module begins with a consideration of the popular sense of Scottish nationality and its changing relation to the sense of Britishness, followed by a general survey of the institutional factors that support a continuing sense of national identity despite 300 years of incorporation in the British state. The remainder of the module is devoted to aspects of Scottish culture, looking in particular at the Scottish historical memory and its place in modern Scottish consciousness; the symbolic geography of Scotland and the place of the land itself in national and regional identities; the Gaelic and Scots languages and their place in Scotland’s life as means of communication and vehicles of literary and cultural tradition; the various religious traditions that have contributed to Scottish mentality; and aspects of the popular traditions of Scotland, including folklore and traditional music and song, with an emphasis on their continuing vitality in present-day Scotland.

 

RELIGIOUS VALUES AND INSTITUTIONS IN BRITISH CULTURE

Dr. Martin Potter

April 15, 18-20. BCSC.

British modern history and culture has been shaped to a considerable extent by the Reformation, and its aftermath. In this course an understanding of the identity of the various Churches, sects, groups and parties involved in British post-reformation history will be aimed at. Building on that understanding, the consequences of the activities of these groups, and their conflicts, on the wider culture, will be explored. Theological, historical, literary and artistic perspectives will be taken into account.

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