Britain and/after Brexit

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Sommersemester 2019

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154524 Britain and/after Brexit 2 HS Di 14:15 - 15:45 R. 3.208 Sedlmayr
Course Description

When, on 23 June 2016, with a voter turnout of 72.2%, a slight majority of Britons (51.9%) decided to leave the EU, the medium- and long-term consequences were (and still are) hardly foreseeable. Whatever its eventual outcome will be, though, it cannot be doubted that ‘Brexit’ marks the most incisive event in 21stcentury Britain to date. In this seminar (which will take place after the country’s projected exit on 29 March 2019), we will try to understand the Brexit phenomenon by putting it into context. This involves taking a historical perspective and getting a grip on the UK’s longstanding Euroscepticism, particularly after its joining the EU in 1973. It also involves looking at specific domestic conflicts, for which, it might be argued, the ‘European issue’ merely served as a projection space: the growing gap between the affluent and those ‘left behind’ (keyword ‘austerity policies’), the legacy of the Empire, immigration, regional imbalances, devolution etc. This in turn requires some understanding of the British political landscape, of particular macroeconomic processes (e.g. as a consequence of the global financial crisis 2007/8), as well as of pertinent social developments. It goes without saying that we will consider these processes primarily from a cultural and literary perspective: novels (‘Brexlit’), music, artworks etc. will serve as lenses through which some of the most pertinent aspects of this ‘event’ are brought into view and hence made comprehensible in their complexity. Depending on which credits you need to obtain, you will be given different assignments (writing minutes, Klausur, term paper, project work).


Please purchase the following novels:

  • Cartwright, Anthony. The Cut. Peirene Press, 2017. [ISBN 9781908670403]
  • Smith, Ali. Autumn. Penguin, 2017. [ISBN 978-0241973318]
    • (Please note: Depending on further developments, this reading list is subject to change. It does not do any harm, though, to buy and read the books no matter what.)
  • Other texts will be made available via Moodle.

Recommended introductory reading:

  • Oliver, Tim. Understanding Brexit: A Concise Introduction. Policy Press, 2018. [ISBN 9781447346395]
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