Universität Wien FIND

123041 PS Proseminar Literature / Literary Studies (2017S)

Contemporary African American Women's Literature

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 08.03. 14:00 - 17:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Mittwoch 15.03. 14:00 - 17:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Mittwoch 29.03. 14:00 - 17:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Mittwoch 26.04. 14:00 - 17:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Mittwoch 10.05. 14:00 - 17:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Mittwoch 24.05. 17:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Mittwoch 07.06. 14:00 - 17:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Course Description:
From slavery to the present, African American women authors have surmounted considerable odds to present their stories and their histories (both orally and written) to interested audiences. In the 20th and early 21st century, these women have brought attention to the inequalities facing black women and men, historically and in the present, in rural areas and within urban settings, and within the different classes. Using black feminist approaches, they continue to contest ageism, classism, racism, and sexism while also exploring the particular disadvantages, hurdles, and progress African Americans have made and continue to achieve in the hostile environments they face in the US. The authors in this course re-visit the past, narrate the present or create alternate futures to provide additional voices and perspectives of Black experiences in the US, contesting rigid binaries and contextualizing hegemonic power structures.
Learning Outcomes:
* Identify contemporary African American women writers, their particular narrative approaches for re-writing or integrating the past into present/futuristic settings, and nuanced language use in speech patterns in the texts.
* Apply black feminist and gender studies theoretical approaches to the texts through class discussions and in written essays, as well as link the texts to each other.
* Defend critical interpretations of the novel through class discussions.
* In-depth analysis of the novels and the creation of a structured, logical argumentation of a concise thesis through writing research essays, including primary and secondary sources.

Interactive class discussions, in small groups as well as in the whole group; exploration of primary sources through guided questions in-class; integration of articles (secondary sources) into class discussions through assigned pre-readings; and written essays to apply the logical argumentation of a central thesis to the primary sources.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Written essays with secondary sources and active class participation displaying completion of homework assignements.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Exam Assignments:
* 1 Short Response Essay and 1 Academic Paper
* Experts of Assigned Readings: For novel/short story, students will be required to read a relevant secondary source and provide the arguments in class discussions.
* Class Participation is required and will be graded


The novels and short stories discussed in class.


Primary Sources:
Short Stories (online); Toni Morrison, "A Mercy"; Sapphire, "Push" ; Octavia Butler, "Fledgling"

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.3-304, BA10.1; BEd 08a.1, BEd 08b.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-3041

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:33