im Sommersemester 2005
Ethnic Writing: Selected Readings
Di 9-11 h
One of the ways of learning
about America is to read what representatives of different ethnic
groups have to say about their home. The texts to be read and studied
in this class include stories recording the experiences of the nation's
first inhabitants, its oldest immigrants, and its more recent arrivals.
Among the issues raised within the analytical framework of this
class are questions of identity and family, the search for self-expression,
and the problem of community. – Since this is not an introduction
to the study of American literature, participants are expected to
be familiar with the basic tools of textual analysis. Students wishing
to sign up for this class should be aware that a significant amount
of reading will have to be done during the entire semester. Active
and informed participation is a basic requirement, and the semester's
work will have to be documented in the form of a portfolio. A course
pack with the basic reading requirements will be made available
by the beginning of term.
Life and Social Reform in 19th Century America
Di 11-13 h
||Departing from a reading of Rebecca Harding
Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, this class will expand its
initial theme by examining the historical and cultural contexts of
this novella. Special attention will be given to the problems of work
and social class, to the debates surrounding moral and social reform,
to the relationship of American art and industry, and the position
of the woman writer. – Students wishing to sign up for this
class must be willing to work on a variety of oral and written assignments
throughout the semester. They are required to keep a written record
of their study efforts (portfolio). To maximize the time available
for the analysis and the discussion of the topics mentioned above,
it is important for students to have read the novella by the beginning
of term. – There will be no photocopied reading material for
this class. Instead, students will have to buy the book which includes
all the required texts. Make sure you order your copy ahead of time
so that you have the book when classes begin in April. – Required
text (make sure you get exactly this edition): Rebecca Harding Davis.
Life in the Iron Mills (Bedford Cultural Editions.) Ed. Cecelia
Tichi. Boston: Bedford Books, 1998.
to Canadian Studies
By focusing on the physical,
historical, political, social, and cultural aspects of Canada, this
course will introduce students to fundamental aspects of Canadian
culture. The topics will include, among other things, Canada's historical
development, its political system, the issue of multiculturalism,
and the question of regional identities. – As usual, students
who sign up for this class are expected to work on a series of assignments.
Together with a final exam, a portfolio, collecting the work done
in the course of the term, will be required for a "Schein."
A course pack containing the reading material will be made available
by the beginning of term.
Alternatives to Life in 19th-Century America:
Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Mi 9-11 h
The Awakening and The
Yellow Wallpaper are among the most celebrated literary texts
written by American women in the late nineteenth century. In their
concern with questions of social control, health, and sexuality
they address fundamental issues of American culture in their time.
This course is designed to study these questions through various
prisms of literary and cultural criticism. – Requirements
for this class include the completion of various oral and written
assignments and the submission of a portfolio, the written record
of the studies undertaken throughout the semester. To maximize the
time available for the analysis and the discussion of the topics
mentioned above, it is important for students to have read the two
texts by the beginning of term. – There will be no photocopied
reading material for this class. Instead, participants need to buy
the two books which include all the required texts. Make sure you
order your copies ahead of time so that you have the books when
classes begin in April. – Required texts (make sure you get
exactly these editions): 1) Kate Chopin. The Awakening
(Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism). Ed. Nancy A. Walker. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000. 2) Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The
Yellow Wallpaper (Bedford Cultural Edition). Ed. Dale Bauer.
Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998.