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130199 PS Literarische Wechselbeziehungen (PS): European Modernism and Beyond (2012W)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

persönliche Anmeldung am 20. und 21. September 9 bis 12 Uhr, 24. und 25. September 15 bis 17 Uhr in der Sensengasse

Details

max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 09.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 16.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 23.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 30.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 06.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 13.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 20.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 27.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 04.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 11.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 18.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 08.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 15.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 22.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Dienstag 29.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Content:
Modernism in European literature arises from historical events that abruptly changed our perception of reality and ourselves. These include Darwin’s discovery of the origin of species, rapid urbanisation, scientific discoveries and technological revolution, Freud’s theory of the unconscious, colonialism and World War I. All of these events destroyed previous beliefs in reality as objectively knowable, human beings as primarily rational, and the existence of a universal ethics that can be discovered though the use of reason. The modern experience subverts Enlightenment rationalism, 19th century positivism, the belief in social stability and bourgeois morality. The uncertainty, angst, despair, and exhillaration of the modern experience are reflected in new ways of writing literature that aim to bring us closer to the lived experience.
This seminar will analyze various manifestations of modernism in literature. Starting from Vienna as the epicenter of modernist ideas, we will focus on the influence of Freud on the Viennese authors Arthur Schnitzler and Franz Kafka. We will then compare Viennese modernism to English modernist fiction by Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and James Joyce. Finally, we will explore the manifestation of modernism in the colonial space, analyzing modernist aesthetics in the work of the Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera. Rather than understanding modernism as a merely European phenomenon, modernism will be analyzed as a transcontinental movement that reflected the experience of a changing world as a result of colonization, transculturation and the breaking with tradition.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Assessment : Participation (20%), oral presentation (20%), argumentative essay, 10-12 pages (60%)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Goals:
*) identify, analyse and understand key philosophical, historical , social and aesthetic issues of the modernist literary movement
*) analyse key modernist literary works in terms of their social, historical, philosophical, and aesthetic significance
*) apply close reading skills to a variety of literary texts
*) reflect critically on the relations between primary texts and relevant secondary texts
*) discriminate between ideas and define personal positions and justify them intellectually
*) produce well-structured, relevant arguments with an appropriate
intellectual framework

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

Primary texts: see weekly schedule

Secondary texts: Jeff Wallace, Beginning Modernism (Manchester University Press, 2011)
Secondary source bibliography to be provided

Weekly schedule:

Week 1: Introduction to modernist ideas (October 9)
(Henri Bergson, Friedrich Nietzche, Carl Gustav Jung, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Karl Marx)

Week 2: Introduction to the ideas of Sigmund Freud (October 16)
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) - extract

Week 3: Franz Kafka and Sigmund Freud (October 23
Franz Kafka, Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis, 1912)

Week 4: Freud and female sexuality (October 30)
Sigmund Freud, "Dora" (Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria) (1905)

Week 5: Arthur Schnitzler and Sigmund Freud (November 6)
Arthur Schnitzler, Fräulein Else (1924)

Week 6: Katherine Mansfield, modernism and socialism (November 13)
Katherine Mansfield, short stories (1911-1923)

Week 7: Virginia Woolf and modernist fiction (November 20)
Virginia Woolf, "Modern Fiction" (1919)

Week 8: Virginia Woolf, Freud and modernism (November 27)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925) extract

Week 9: Virginia Woolf, Freud and modernism (December 4)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925) - extract

Week 10: James Joyce, Freud and the suffering artist (December 11)
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) - extract

Week 11: James Joyce, Freud and the suffering artist (December 18)
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) - extract

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Week 12: British colonialism, modernism and modernity (January 8)
Dambudzo Marechera, The House of Hunger (1978)

Week 13: The African Writer and European literature (January 15)
Dambudzo Marechera, "The African Writer’s Experience of European Literature" (1986)

Week 14: Conclusion (January 22)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Diplomstudium VL 131
BA M4

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:34