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120691 PS Proseminar Cultural and Media Studies (2018S)

Friendship: Queer Desires and American Culture

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 13.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 20.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 10.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 17.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 19.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 24.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 08.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 15.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 29.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 05.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 12.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 19.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 26.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This class explores "friendship" as a queer way of thinking about affection, desire, belonging, kinship, sexuality, and sociality in 20th century American culture. By taking as our starting point Michel Foucault's famous interview, "Friendship as a Way of Life" (1981), we will analyze cultural representations of friendship that establish affective bonds outside of the heteronormative matrix. We will examine discourses and practices that establish, legitimize, negotiate, or disavow friendship, and we will map out the cultural environments that enable or impede articulations and enactments of friendship. This class will explore representations of friendship in 20th century U.S. American culture across various genres and media, including literary texts, films, performances, and visual arts, and will deal with issues such as race, class, gender, and sexual identities; adolescence and coming-of-age; migration, displacement, and transnationalism; as well as mourning, trauma, and death.

The class will feature an expert session with Prof. David L. Eng (University of Pennsylvania), which might take place outside of the regular schedule (time and place t.b.a., most likely June 4/5)

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance (max. 2 absences), active participation in class, presentation, reading portfolio, proseminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active class participation (10%)
Class presentation (20%)
Reading Portfolio (20%)
Proseminar paper (50%)

You need to complete all requirements to complete the course. The overall grading scheme is (1): 100-91%, (2): 90-81%, (3): 80-71%, (4): 70-61%, (5): 60-0%.

Examination topics

n/a

Reading list

You need to buy/borrow the following books:

Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding
Monique Truong, The Book of Salt

You are free to choose whichever edition you like!

Additional readings will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612;
Code/Modul: BA09.1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4040

Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42