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123045 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2021S)

North American Intergenerational Family Narratives

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

This class will take place online on Tuesdays (starting on March 9) from 16:15 to 17:45pm.

Dienstag 09.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 16.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 23.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 13.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 20.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 27.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 04.05. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 11.05. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 18.05. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 01.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 08.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 15.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 22.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Dienstag 29.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Intergenerational family narratives imagine ways in which the lives of successive generations are connected, how privilege and forms of oppression can transform and be passed on, and how characters try to distance themselves from the legacies of (or imposed on) their families. Rather than depicting the family as a primarily intimate sphere, detached from public life, the texts studied in this course show family structures as deeply affected by political, social, and cultural events. By analyzing the uneven, often exclusionary effects of identity markers like race, national origin, and gender, we will critique nativist, heteronormative conceptions of the family and try to envision it more expansively.

In addition to the thematic focus, the course will cover the stages of the academic writing process, including developing a topic suited for literary analysis, conducting research, referencing, drafting, and revising. Most of the written tasks will be stepping stones towards the final assignment, the proseminar paper.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance (no more than 2 absences), participation, presentation, short writing assignments, proseminar paper

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Active participation and short assignments: 10%
Presentation: 20%
Paper proposal and annotated bibliography: 20%
Proseminar paper: 50%

Each individual assignment must be completed to earn a passing grade.

Grading scale:
1: 100-90%
2: 89-80%
3: 79-70%
4: 69-60%
5: 59-0%


All material covered in class and in the readings. There will be no written exam.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Shorter texts and theoretical/secondary readings will be available on Moodle.

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: Mi 21.04.2021 11:26