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120070 VO Literatures in English (2011S)

American Urban Fiction in the 20th Century

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik

Details

Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 09.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 16.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 23.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 30.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 06.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 13.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 04.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 18.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 25.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 01.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 08.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 15.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 22.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The lecture course will consider the evolution of a major strand of American fiction, the city novel, which paralleled the unprecedented growth of cities through mass immigration and internal migration and the development of suburbia as a typical American phenomenon.
The course will analyze and contextualize a number of significant books from William Dean Howells’ A Hazard of New Fortunes (1890) and Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900) onwards, and will pay special attention to the novels of the 1920s. They will be represented by excerpts from important novels such as Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence – with its retrospective representation of an earlier New York – and from Sinclair Lewis’ Babbitt – with its depiction of a commonplace reality.
In the seminar the rendition of the Jazz Age in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and the avant-garde achievement of John Dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer will be discussed in detail. The course will also survey segments from realist, modernist, and post-modernist fiction, and analyze chapters from fiction rendering ethnic ghettoes as, for instance, in Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man (1951) and from Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March. It will eventually deal with aspects of the “city of words” further developed in Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written final test

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To make students familiar with the significant examples of a sub-genre which shaped American literature and brought it recognition elsewhere, especially from the 1920s onwards.

Examination topics

Lecture course supported by excerpts from films and other visual material and popular media. Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions.

Reading list

Students are expected to purchase a comprehensive Reader containing excerpts from novels and acquire the following novels: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, John Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer, Paul Auster, New York Trilogy

Association in the course directory

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, ME 812, MA 844;
Code/Modul: 321, 326/328, 336/338, 721-723, ME1, MA1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0115

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