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123043 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2018S)

Aspects of Jewish North American Writing

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

Thursday 08.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 15.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 22.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 12.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 19.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 26.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 03.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 17.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 24.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 07.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 14.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 21.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 28.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course we will focus on aspects and notions of Jewish North American writing with some stress on Jewish Canadian literature. Displacement, alienation and exile have become necessary paradigms in the 20th century and constitutive modes for identity formations. We will investigate constructions of Jewish identities from the late 19th century up to the present, and look at the employment, refusal of and toying with grand North American narratives such as the American dream, Manifest Destiny in connection with Jewish traditions. An important focus will also be on art and writing about the Holocaust. This is not an all encompassing history of Jewish North American writing, and although I have chosen the texts for this class with some care, we will be dealing with aspects and aspects only.
Novels, poems, cartoons and movies to be dealt with: Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers (1921), David Gow's play Cherry Docs (1998), Henry Kreisel's short story collection The Almost Meeting (1981), Woody Allen's Zelig (1983) and Art Spiegelman's Maus (1991) and various poems by Emma Lazarus, Eli Mandel, Leonard Cohen, and others.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance, active participation in class, presentation, abstract of research project, proseminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active class participation (20%)
Class presentation (20%)
Final quiz (10%)
Proseminar paper (50%)

Examination topics

Primary literature + critical assessment

Reading list

Please get hold of the following books - e.g. at Facultas, AAKH:
Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers (1921)
Henry Kreisel's The Almost Meeting (1981)
Art Spiegelman's Maus (1991)

Woody Allen's Zelig (1983) - movie

David Gow's Cherry Docs (1998) (will be posted on Moodle)
Poems by Emma Lazarus, Eli Mandel, Leonard Cohen, and others (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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