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120127 VO Survey of Literatures in English II (2007W)

North American Literature and Culture from 1607-1890

3.50 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik

anrechenbar als K 222. ECTS UF Englisch 3P .

Details

Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 11.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 18.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 25.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 08.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 15.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 22.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 29.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 06.12. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 13.12. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 10.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 17.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 24.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 31.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The course is intended to offer an introduction to literary and cultural documents produced in North-America from the first British settlements in the early 17th century to the closing of the frontier in the USA. This year (the quartercentenary of the foundation of the first permanent English colony in Jamestown) one focus will be on texts produced in the South and their contexts in the colonial and early federal periods and in the antebellum. Recent studies have documented the remarkable cultural life in the South, for instance in Virginia (cf. Thomas Jefferson's achievements), in spite of the 'peculiar institution', the cosmopolitan atmosphere in South Carolina before the Civil War, and the subsequent cultural decline. These insufficiently known facts will be illustrated by excerpts from verse and prose, included in a Reader (for instance, John Smith's account of native-white relations [Pocahontas!], poems and tales by E. A. Poe, excerpts of historical fiction by J. P. Kennedy, or W. G. Simms, "the Southern [J. F.] Cooper") and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, and by some visual material in the form of documentaries and films.
These texts and films will be juxtaposed with the early slave narratives and contrasted with documents reflecting the Puritan heritage in New England (e.g. William Bradford's Plymouth Plantation) and its secularized offshoots (e.g. Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography). The course will also consider the 19th century counterpoint to Puritanism in Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendentalist prose and Nathaniel Hawthorne's struggle with the Puritan heritage.
There will be a written exam at the end of the course.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Students will be provided with a contextualising framework which will enable them to read texts as complex responses to their respective cultural, social, historical, political, scientific, philosophical and economic environment. Students are advised to take this lecture course after having successfully completed the introductory course on the study of literatures in English.

Prüfungsstoff

lecture

Literatur

Texts to be purchased: Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a Reader containing poems, stories, and excerpts from longer texts.
Students are advised to consult relevant chapters of literary histories, for instance, Richard Gray's A History of American Literature, Oxford: Blackwell, 2004, or Nordamerikanische Literaturgeschichte, ed. Hubert Zapf (Metzler 2004).

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

303, 701, K 222

Letzte Änderung: Mi 09.09.2020 00:22