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für das Bachelorstudium Anglistische Kulturwissenschaft
Einführung: Introduction to Literary Studies (II): Critical
Approaches to Literature
Do 15:15 - 16:45
This course is designed to introduce students to major
critical-interpretive perspectives on literature. It will describe
and demonstrate the critical tools needed for perceptive literary
analysis. A major goal is to develop an understanding for the fact
that different assumptions about literature and its social and cultural
contexts have an important effect on the practice of interpretation.
Within this framework, the class will introduce students to a basic
critical vocabulary, including appropriate terminology, for the analysis
of literary texts.
reduce the intensity of the reading requirements throughout the
semester students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves
in advance with the contents of the book. Since many of the critical
approaches presented in the book are illustrated with reference
to specific works of literature it is essential for all participants
to have read the following texts by the beginning of term:
Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress,"
Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown,"
Walker, "Everyday Use: for your grandmama"
(all three texts are reprinted in the textbook required
for this class)
William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
reading quiz to check your familiarity with these text will
be given. The result of the test will be included in the
overall grade for the work done during the semester.
text: Wilfred L. Guerin, Earle G. Labor, Lee Morgan, Jeanne
C. Reesman, John R. Willingham, A Handbook of Critical
Approaches to Literature, 5th edition, New York and Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 2004, 448 pages (ISBN: 0195160177).
Place your order for the book ahead of time so that you have
it available when classes start in April.
Melville's Short Fiction: Selected Readings
Di 15:15 - 16:45
he is best known as the author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville
is also appreciated as a talented writer of short fiction
whose texts address a wide range of topics, including travel
impressions, cultural encounters, and questions of identity.
Melville's texts have been praised as dazzling and challenging,
as vivid expressions of his virtuosity as a storyteller. –
Course work will be based on readings from the required book
and additional materials.
text: Herman Melville. Melville's Short Novels: Authoritative
Texts, Contexts, Criticism. Ed. Dan McCall. Norton Critical
Edition. New York: Norton, 2002 (ISBN: 0-393-97641-6). Place
your order for the book ahead of time so that you have it
available when classes start in April.
in American Culture
Di 13:15 - 13:45
Images of water
occupy an important position in American culture, and its symbolic
power manifests itself is variety of ways. Americans of various
cultural backgrounds have explored the issue in songs, literature,
movies, and other forms of expression. This course intends to familiarize
students with a selection of texts about the meaning of water in
American culture. At the same time, it will draw attention to the
fact that "water" is a resource and a theme that transcends
will be based on readings from textbooks, historical documents,
literary texts, and other suitable materials.
Presidency in American Culture and Politics
Do 13:15 - 14:45
since President George W. Bush came to office in 2000 there has
been a debate about the political nature of the Presidency of the
United States. For obvious reasons, Bush's foreign policy has received
critical attention from both inside and outside the country, but
the effect of his administration on domestic issues (environment,
security, health, education) has likewise been significant. As the
Bush Presidency is coming to an end and the race to the White House
is accelerating, this class will examine a variety of aspects connected
with the presidency in American culture and politics.
work will be based on readings from textbooks, historical documents,
and other suitable materials.