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123042 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2018S)

American Literature after the Second World War

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. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 20.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 10.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 17.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 24.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 08.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 15.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 29.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 05.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 12.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 19.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Tuesday 26.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This class explores U.S. American literature after the Second World War, up to the end of the 1960s. We will look at selected novels, drama, and poetry of this period and trace how literary texts negotiated a dramatically changing social, cultural, and political landscape. In particular, we will look at such issues as consumerism and social conformity, mass culture, suburbanization, counterculture, racial politics, gender politics, the politics of sexual difference, or Cold War internationalism. We will critically examine the emergence of postmodern aesthetics, and ask ourselves in what ways literary texts helped articulate various politics of identity and difference, as well as early discourses of multiculturalism and diversity.

As part of this class, you will need to attend the Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie/Die Glasmenagerie" at the Vienna Burgtheater. You are free to choose your own date, and I encourage you to make use of their student tickets for 10€.

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:

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Gore Vidal, The City and the Pillar
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

You are free to choose whichever edition you like!

Additional readings will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.3-304, BA10.1; BEd 08a.1, BEd 08b.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-3041

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