Universität Wien FIND

123046 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2019S)

Revisionist Mythmaking

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

Monday 01.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 08.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 29.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 06.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 13.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 20.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 27.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 03.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 17.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 24.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The proseminar focuses on contemporary practices of revisionist mythmaking in both narrative and poetry. We will read Arundhati Roy's novel The God of Small Things (1997) as a postcolonial rewriting of the European bildungsroman and Carol Ann Duffy's poetry collection The World's Wife (1999) as a feminist answer to the oppression of the female voice in lyric poetry. We will discuss the concept of myth, the contemporary practice of revisionist mythmaking, as well as feminist and postcolonial practices of 'writing back.' In order to do so we will also look at the historical beginnings of both lyric poetry in English and the European bildungsroman. Theorists included in the discussion are Alicia Ostriker, Franco Moretti, Bill Ashcroft and Helen Tiffin as well as theoretical discussions of the phenomenon 'myth.' Students can begin to prepare by reading both the novel and the poems. They will then be responsible for presenting a theoretical text from the selection in class.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance and active participation in course discussions (two missed sessions max.); 30 min. oral presentation of an assigned theoretical text; portfolio including a bibliography and two short essays (500 words each); term paper (3.500 words); due July 31st, 2019.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active participation in class discussions: 20%
Oral Presentation: 20%
Portfolio 20%
Term paper: 40%

To pass the course, students must attain at least 60%.

Grades in %:
1: 90 - 100%
2: 80 - 89%
3: 70 - 79%
4: 60 - 69%
5: 0 - 59%

Examination topics

There will be no written exam at the end of the course.

Reading list

A recommended introduction to the theory of myth can be found in:
Laurence Coupe, Myth. The New Critical Idiom (London & New York: Routledge, 2009).

Theoretical texts will be available 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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