The North

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Winter Semester 2020/21

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154525 The North 2 HS Di 14:15 - 15:45 digital Piskurek

Course Description

One does not need to draw such a strict border between North and South as Elizabeth Gaskell does in her 1855 novel of the same title, but it should be obvious for any student of England that there is a "North-South divide" which still informs many social and cultural debates in the UK. Whether one focuses on demographic, economic, linguistic or cultural differences, the South with London as the 'epicentre of everything' is often seen as more privileged, while the (post-)industrial North comes across as the socially disadvantaged little brother. As a consequence, a strong regional affiliation and collective identity seems all the more crucial and prevalent among Northerners.
In this seminar, we will investigate how the North of England as a distinctive region was perceived historically, how the Industrial Revolution, sports or music helped to develop Northern identities, and how Northernness and the North are represented in various fictional texts from different centuries.

Course Requirements

Course requirements will be discussed in the first session.

2009 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
2016 601, 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
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