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120026 AR Eidolon - Chasing the Ideal: Gendered Configurations in Literature, Myth, and Theory (19th - 21st c) (2007W)

Interdisciplinary Course

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

anrechenbar als 701(UniStG-Studienplan) und als Vorprüfungsfach K701 nach altem Studienplan. Für UF Englisch als freies Wahlfach anrechenbar (ECTS: 3.00)

Details

Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 12.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 19.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 09.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 16.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 23.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 30.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 07.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 14.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 11.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 18.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 25.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Eidolon is the Greek word for "image, idol, double, phantom": in this course we will consider these meanings in the perspective of feminist theory and explore their multilayered application e.g. in psychoanalytical theory (the Imaginary/the vertigo), in literary theory (the image/ the metaphor), in art and theology (the icon/the idol). Special focus is directed on theories of the poststructuralists Jessica Benjamin and Julia Kristeva and their analysis of the ideal's function in patriarchal constructions of gender. Both take up the myth of "Narcissus and Echo" to illustrate that gender is culturally constructed on ideals (of masculinity and femininity) that turn out to be vertigos which free men and limit women.
Within this theoretical framework we will explore literary texts from various genres concentrating on configurations of an ideal which aims to fix, to form, or to transform gender-identities and gender-relations between women and men. We will address issues such as: the ideal configured as man's mirror image in art (the phantom-woman in Browning and Woolf); the construction of a female saviour-ideal through memory - as an icon to define a heterosexual love-relation (James and Pinter); the monstrous potentiality of the ideal emerging in the narcissistic creations of Shelley's male and Spark's female overreacher.

Requirements: regular attendance and portfolio-notes, participation in critical discussions, oral presentation of a chosen topic (10 mins), final written exam.

For further information see: http://homepage.univie.ac.at/melanie.feratova-loidolt

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

501, 701, K 701

Examination topics

interactive

Reading list

Required Reading:
Robert Browning. "My Last Duchess". (1842) - Virginia Woolf. "The Lady in the Looking Glass" (1926)
Henry James. Wings of the Dove. (1902) - Harold Pinter. Old Times. (1971)
Mary Shelley. Frankenstein. (1816) - Muriel Spark. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. (1961)

A Reader will be provided including Browning, Woolf, Pinter and theoretical texts.
The three novels will be available at Kuppitsch am Campus.


Association in the course directory

501, 701, K 701

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