Instructor: Duncan White
Meeting time: Monday, 11-1
This course considers the way England was transformed by the demise of its empire after the Second World War. From the birth of the welfare state to the rise of Thatcherism, from post-colonial migration to multi-culturalism, from Cool Britannia to Brexit, we will track these political, social and cultural changes through novels, poetry, theater, film, music, photography, fashion, food and sport. As well as reading literary works by Philip Larkin, Jean Rhys, Salman Rushdie, and Zadie Smith, we will consider the nation’s popular culture, including The Beatles, James Bond and J.K. Rowling.