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123422 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2018S)

Neo-Victorian Biofiction

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

Details

max. 18 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 14.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 21.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 11.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 18.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 25.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 02.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 09.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 16.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 23.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 30.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 06.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 13.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 20.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Mittwoch 27.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Warning:
Ok, how to put it? This is one for you bookworms out there. In other words: if reading lots and lots is not your thing, or if it is your thing but this term you have three more SEs to pass, you better pick a different course, because we are going to plough our way through four novels. Yes, four. 1379 pages of fiction; give or take. In 14 weeks. Yess. Don't say you haven't been warned! Caveat aside: all four belong to the category of 'good read' verging on 'page turner'. But still: you must be able to make the time. We are going to tackle them in chronological order of publication date, so if you cannot be deterred: drop in at Facultas bookshop soon and start reading.

It is no coincidence that the four novels we are going to discuss have all been published recently. Neo-Victorian fiction first became fashionable in the second half of the 20th century just think of Wide Sargasso Sea, or The French Lieutenant's Woman, or The Siege of Krishnapur or Sarah Waters's 'trilogy' (Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet, Affinity). During the Noughties, a subgenre within neo-Victorian fiction grew more pronounced: biofiction, that is, literary texts that base the stories they tell on the lives of historical figures. This subgenre is precisely what we are going to focus on. Since the whole point of biofiction is the tension between history and literary imagination, it is impossible to comment on their relationship or analyse the stylistic devices the novels employ, if one is unclear about the facts. For this reason, it is imperative that you acquaint yourselves with what is known about the historical figures that feature in the novels discussed. These historical figures are: the explorer, translator, author, speaker of 30 plus languages and general jack-of-all-trades Richard Francis Burton (Troyanov); the fossil hunter Mary Anning and her geologist 'friends' (Chevalier); the poet Tennyson, the photographer Cameron, the author and paedophile Carroll (Truss); and the novelist Evans/Eliot (Duncker). The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a very good source to start, and its entries will be made available as .pdf-files on Moodle. The four core-texts, two by female authors, two by male writers, have been chosen because of the broad spectrum of theories (evolution), inventions (photography), tantalising (moral; epistemological) questions (where is the source of the Nile? Does religion or science give the 'right' answer to the origin and purpose of the human species? Can there be an ethics beyond religion?), debates (about the age of planet earth; about extinction) and new (pseudo-) sciences (phrenology; palaeontology; geology) which they tackle, that were fascinating to the Victorians as our historical 'others'. We are going to discuss these in the context of a discourses of power structured along the axis of race, class, gender and desire.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active participation in class; active in specialist team for one lesson per term; active in peer-feedback loop; 4 plot-quizzes; final paper.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Attendance:
No more than two lessons may be missed without certified medical reason. If a doctor's note is produced, a third lesson may be missed but is to be compensated for at the teacher's discretion. If more than three lessons are missed, this results in failing the course.

Quiz 1: 5%
Quiz 2: 5%
Quiz 3: 5%
Quiz 4: 5%
Active participation: 15% (as agreed in class on 15 March)
Specialist task: 30%
Term paper: 35% (as agreed in class on 15 March)

Points must be collected in all of theses areas to pass. The benchmark for passing this course is at 60%.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 81-89%
3 (satisfactory): 71-80%
4 (pass): 60-70%
5 (fail): 0-59%

The term paper/BA paper will be marked according to the following categories: form; content; methodology; quality of thesis; language; style.

The written work has to be accompanied by a signed and dated anti-plagiarism statement, sent by email as a .pdf file. The written work itself (6500-8000 words for a term paper; 8500-10000 words for a BA thesis) is to be handed in by email as a .doc file.

Prüfungsstoff

There will be no written exam.

Literatur

Books to buy:
The following texts have been ordered for you at Facultas (shop on Campus)

- Iliya Troyanov, The Collector of Worlds (2008, 464 p.) [ISBN: 9-780061-351945]
- Tracy Chevalier, Remarkable Creatures (2009, 352 p.) [ISBN:9-780-00-717838-4]
- Lynne Truss, Tennyson’s Gift (2010, 272 p.) [ISBN: 978-0-00-735527-3]
- Patricia Duncker, Sophie and the Sibyl (2015, p. 291) [ISBN: 9-781408-860557]

Background reading:

Michael Lackey, Biographical Fiction: A Reader (2017)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322, BA09.2, 10.2, MA4, MA6, MA7
Lehrinhalt: 12-0373

Letzte Änderung: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42