Critical Whiteness Studies – A (Literary) History

Hauptseminar, SWS: 4, lecture number: 4118C


Freitag, 15-18;


Susan Arndt

This seminar is designed to introduce the theoretical and conceptional approaches of Critical Whiteness Studies. Thus framed, whiteness will be employed as a critical category of (literary) analysis when rereading Shakespeare’s The Tempest (c 1611), Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899), William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (1954), Fred d’Aguiar’s The Longest Memory (1994) and Bernadine Evaristo’s Blonde Roots (2013). Thus tuned, the negotiation of colonialism, race and racism in British literary history will be revisited from an intersectional perspective.

Given the current situation, this course will be given digitally via Zoom. Please get in touch with the lecturer as soon as possible and register in E-Learning.