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123210 VO Literatures in English (2013S)

Fiction by Contemporary Irish Women Writers

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik

IMPORTANT: Course starts on MON March 18 !! (March 11 is 'Rektorstag' / Dies Academicus on which there are no lectures)

Details

max. 150 participants
Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 11.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 18.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 08.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 15.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 22.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 29.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 06.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 13.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 27.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 03.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 10.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Monday 17.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

CONTENTS: The course will introduce students to novels and short stories by contemporary Irish women writers, i.e. authors born after 1950 who have published internationally acclaimed collections of short stories and novels between the late 1980ies and the present. Though the lecture will focus primarily on acknowledged literary works of fiction by Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Claire Keegan, Anne Enright and Claire Kilroy, reference will also be made to the long tradition of fiction written by Irish and Anglo-Irish women from the 18th c. onward. Moreover, works of popular fiction, notably by writers of romance novels including Cecelia Ahern and of popular short fiction including 'chick lit', will likewise be briefly dealt with (e.g. the short fiction of Mary Rose Calahan, Patricia Scanlan, Mary Ryan, Marian Keyes, Julie Parsons, Colette Caddle, Marisa Mackle, and others). By contrasting the aesthetics, themes and motifs of popular fiction to the fiction of postmodernist and/or realist writers approved as established artists in the genre, students will be provided with literary criteria for discerning literary art from mere craftsmanship and artifice germane to popular fiction written for entertainment. The works of fiction selected will be read against the given cultural and socio-historical backgrounds; as many of the novels and short stories exhibit aspects of Irish culture and Irish identity, imagological issues ('features of Irishness') will likewise be addressed.

Assessment and permitted materials

REQUIREMENTS: Participants are required to study the novels and short stories on the 'Reading List' (will be posted); final written exam (set of questions plus an essay of about 600 words+); thorough knowledge of the subject matters dealt with in the lecture units throughout the semester; regular attendance is strongly recommended.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

AIMS: To familiarize students with a wide variety of fictional narratives written by contemporary Irish women featuring themes that address universal concerns as well as topics that are specifically Irish; to advance students' interpretative skills and practical expertise in the contextualized reading of narrative texts; to enhance their methodological skills in analysing narrative literature on both the 'story level' and 'the discourse level' to advance students' cross-cultural awareness and to improve their linguistic proficiency.

Examination topics

METHOD: Multimedia based lecture course (PPT, internet, videos) combined with interactive teaching (discussion, opportunity to ask questions). The e-learning platform Moodle will be used to provide students with teaching materials and to encourage critical discussion amongst the participants online.

Reading list

TEXTS: Novels: Cecelia Ahern: 'PS, I Love You' (2004); Eilis Ni Dhuibhne: 'Fox, Swallow, Scarecrow' (2008); Anne Enright: 'The Gathering' (2007); Claire Kilroy 'The Devil I Know' (2012). (Any three of the four novels are obligatory reading). A 'Reader' containing the short stories will be available by 18 March (details will be posted via circular e-mail and in class).

Association in the course directory

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, ME 812, MA 844;
Code/Modul: Diplom 321, 326/328, 336/338, 721-723, UF 4.2.4-321, ME1, MA1, MA7;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0367

SPL 7 Geschichte - MATHILDA

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