The Open University since 2006
Alternatively you can skip the navigation by pressing 'Enter'.
Life Story: HomeWednesday, 4th May 2016 14:00 - EdenA shelter and a refuge. But even some of the creatures of the wild can face a housing crisis. Read more: Life Story: Home
All in the Mind - Summer 2016: All in the Mind Awards and psychology in filmsWednesday, 4th May 2016 15:30 - BBC Radio 4
Thinking Allowed 2016: Migrant WomenWednesday, 4th May 2016 16:00 - BBC Radio 4
Life Story: HomeWednesday, 4th May 2016 20:00 -
All in the Mind - Summer 2016: All in the Mind Awards and psychology in filmsAvailable for over a yearMeet Jane, who has been nominated as a finalist for the All in the Mind Awards. There's also discussion on... Read more: All in the Mind - Summer 2016: All in the Mind Awards and psychology in films
Thinking Allowed 2016: The Flaneur - Walking in the CityAvailable for over a year
Shakespeare Speaks: A pound of fleshAvailable for over a year
Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners: AwayAvailable until Saturday, 28th May 2016 21:00
The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Dave Myers on the shared benefits of the 'Old Sc...In this short, exclusive clip Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, looks at how the shared benefits of 'Old... Watch now: The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Dave Myers on the shared benefits of the 'Old School' project
Take the photographic memory testCan you capture scenes just by looking at them? Find out with our photographic memory test. Launch now: Take the photographic memory test
Artists and authorship: the case of RaphaelIndividual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we evaluate the... Try: Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael now
Forensic psychologyIn this free course, Forensic psychology, you will discover how psychology can help obtain... Try: Forensic psychology now
This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as well as Selvon's treatment of memory as a vital part of the migrant's experience.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand representations of the themes of migration and memory in Sam Selvon’s novel The Lonely Londoners
- relate this text to the context of Caribbean migrant experience
- carry out critical analysis of prose fiction
- discuss the novel in relation to the concept of literatures.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- Leaving home
- Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners
- Keep on learning
- Further reading
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners
This course focuses on Sam Selvon (1923–1994) and his novel The Lonely Londoners, published in 1956. This text is looked at in relation to the themes of migration and memory.
The edition of The Lonely Londoners that is referred to in this course is the Penguin Modern Classics (2006) edition, with an introduction by Susheila Nasta. You should read the novel when instructed to do so in the course.
This free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A230 :. It can also be found in the publication Sara Haslam and Sue Asbee (eds) (2012) The Twentieth Century, published by The Open University and Bloomsbury Academic.
Copyright & revisions
Originally published: Wednesday, 6th January 2016
Last updated on: Wednesday, 6th January 2016
- Creative-Commons: The Open University is proud to release this free course under a Creative Commons licence. However, any third-party materials featured within it are used with permission and are not ours to give away. These materials are not subject to the Creative Commons licence. See terms and conditions. Full details can be found in the Acknowledgements and our FAQs section.
- This site has Copy Reuse Tracking enabled - see our FAQs for more information.
If you enjoyed this, why not follow a feed to find out when we have new things like it? Choose an RSS feed from the list below. (Don't know what to do with RSS feeds?)
Remember, you can also make your own, personal feed by combining tags from around OpenLearn.
All our alternative formats are free for you to download, for more information about the different formats we offer please see our FAQs. The most frequently used are Word (for accessibility), PDF (for print) and ePub and Kindle to download to eReaders*.
- Word (1 MB)
- PDF (2 MB)
- ePub 3.0 (850 KB)
- ePub 2.0 (851 KB)
- Kindle (375 KB)
- RSS (147 KB)
- HTML (806 KB)
- SCORM (805 KB)
- OUXML Package (24 KB)
- OUXML File (67 KB)
- IMS Common cartridge
- Moodle backup (894 KB)
*Please note you will need an ePub and Mobi reader for these formats.