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128110 VO Popular and Media Cultures VO / Cultural Studies - MA M01 (2021W)

American Mythologies: Critical Perspectives

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik


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


Sprache: Englisch



Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Tue 8:00-9:30 online
pre-recorded digital lecture with weekly synchronous tutorial (Adam Baltner, BA) and discussion fora on Moodle

Dienstag 05.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 12.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 19.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 09.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 16.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 23.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 30.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 07.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 14.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 11.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Dienstag 18.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The lecture course offers students in the MA program insight into a variety of cultural theories and how they can be used to analyze texts of various genres and media in American history, from the Puritans to the 21st century. It focuses on the critical discussion of the most popular and foundational US-American myths (e.g. the myth of "discovery," of the promised land, of the self-made man, of the melting pot, etc.) and their recurrent manifestations in American culture (including transatlantic aspects). It famliarizes students with various theories of myth criticism (e.g. semiotic theories/Roland Barthes; or the Myth and Symbol School) as a cultural studies approach. The lecture course offers:- a broad overview regarding the theoretical and practical analysis of various cultural texts and media, with a thematic focus on US-American culture;- an in-depth introduction to core theories of American Studies- in-depth practice of your analytical competence (each session will allow for practice elements)Aims: In the course of this lecture, students…- develop their knowledge of appropriate methods, concepts, and vocabulary for analyzing various forms and media of representation (written, images, audiovisual texts, digital media …)- deepen their understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of aesthetic products (transcultural competence) - are prepared to pursue advanced research/studies in American Studies, such as the SE in cultural studies or an MA thesis project in that realm Methods: lecture with discussion and analytical practice elements

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

100%=Written exam (90 min.), in person if the pandemic allows
no auxiliaries allowed
4 sittings (1st=last session)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The exam consists of 2 parts (with 50 points each) which both need to be positive.
Part 1: multiple choice
Part 2: well-structured coherent essay (about 800 words)

60% min. pass requirement


- lectures
- mandatory course readings


Text excerpts from primary and secondary literature for each session (details and all texts in .pdf format available on Moodle platform).

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: MA 812 (2); MA 844; MA 844(2); UF MA 046
Code: MA (2) M3; MA 844 M01; MA 844(2) 1.2; UF MA 1B; 4A
Lehrinhalt: 12-5260

Letzte Änderung: Mi 15.03.2023 00:17