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123423 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2018S)

Pacific Fictions: Imperialism to Decolonization

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

Freitag 20.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 27.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 04.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 11.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 18.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 25.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 01.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 08.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 15.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 22.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Freitag 29.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The seminar offers an introduction and critical approach to Pacific Fictions, specifically Pacific Islands Fictions. Aim is a review of the early installation, 19th-century extension and 20th-century rewriting of the periphery-center paradigm and the discourse of colonialism in works from different literary genres and epochs, with attention to the specific contributions of these genres and literary styles to the discourse. Basic methodology is from narratology, literary history, discourse theory and cultural semiotics.
The Pacific Islands as a geographical region are today called Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, including New Zealand. In Europe, Britain and North America, the region used to be called The South Seas. Continentally, it is part of Oceania.
The Pacific Islands region was explored by Europeans, Britons and North Americans since the 18th century mainly and became the object of intense imperialist division of world regions and of appropriation by colonial powers during the 19th century. Decolonization of the Pacific Islands, generally begun in the 1970s, is ongoing. The historiographic and geographic data and the changes in appellation for the region suggest the eventual de-romanticization, de-exoticization and postcolonialization of images and narratives of Pacific Islands peoples set up in the anglophone tradition since the 18th century. Ethnographic and anthropological discourses intersect with the literary and generally cultural and medial production of racisms and nationalisms.
In the seminar, we are going to begin our investigation of anglophone Pacific Fictions with early travel writing on first contact between indigenous peoples and the British on Pacific Islands, and follow the changes of images and narratives in mainly British Pacific Fictions until the contemporary period, including aspects like intertextuality. Our readings involve concepts from Culture Studies, Postcolonial Studies and theories of globalization, migration, and planetarity.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Attendance, Reading (three novels and three short prose texts), Active Participation, Presentations, Research Paper

- group presentation on selections from Cook, Journals 10%
- individual presentation of one text each from Stevenson, South Sea Tales [Island Nights’ Entertainments] and Kalakaua, The Myths and Legends of Hawaii 30%
- research paper of 6500 to 8000 words, due August 31, 2018 60%

Each requirement has to be fulfilled with a minimum of 60% for a passing grade.

Please start your reading of the three novels in chronological succession before the beginning of the seminar (The Coral Island, The Lord of the Flies, The Bone People).

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

Seminar Reading

- James Cook, The Journals (1768-1780), selection, ed. Philip Edwards, Penguin Classics, ISBN 978-0140436471.
- Robert Michael Ballantyne, The Coral Island (1858), various prints of the text on the market since it is not copyrighted anymore, also on Project Gutenberg.
- David Kalakaua, The Legends and Myths of Hawaii (1887), Honolulu: Mutual Publishing. ISBN 9780935180862.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, South Sea Tales [Island Nights’ Entertainments] (1893), Oxford World's Classics, ISBN 978-0199536085.
- William Golding, The Lord of the Flies (1954), Penguin Classics, ISBN 9780399533372.
- Keri Hulme, The Bone People (1984), Picador, ISBN 9780330485418.
all available also through internet booksellers, also as used books.

Recommended Introductory Sources

- Thomas, Nicholas. 2010. Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
- United Nations webpage on decolonization. www.un.org/en/sections/issues- depth/decolonization/; see also links to maps etc.
- Lal, Brij V. and Kate Fortune, ed. 2000. The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
- Aldrich, Robert. 2000. 'The Decolonisation of the Pacific Islands.' Itinerario 24.34: 173 191.
- Muckle, Adrian et al. 2016. 'Review Forum: Decolonisation and the Pacific.' The Journal of Pacific History 51.4: 451-462.
- Fuller, Jennifer. 2016. Dark Paradise: Pacific Islands in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Brawley, Shawn and Chris Dixon. 2015. The South Seas: A Reception History from Daniel Defoe to Dorothy Lamour. Lanham: Lexington Books.
- Mar, Tracey Banivanua. 2016. Decolonisation and the Pacific: Indigenous Globalisation and the Ends of Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
these titles are

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: 12-0265

Letzte Änderung: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42