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123222 SE Literary Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2021S)

Literature and the Law

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 18 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursdays 16:15-17:45
Begins on 11 March 2021

Thursday 11.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

During the last decades, the interdisciplinary study of law and literature has become a burgeoning and, at times, hotly contested field. In this seminar, we will take a closer look at the potential of this interdisciplinary endeavour and discuss (excerpts from) key texts by leading scholars in the field. In addition, we will analyse a number of longer fictional texts from a "law and literature"-perspective, paying close attention to the ways in which the two disciplines intersect and to how literature opens up new discursive spaces to talk about law, power, and the necessity for legal reform.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this course will be taught online. Participants will be asked to kindly switch on their cameras during sessions to facilitate interaction and in-class discussion.

Assessment and permitted materials

regular participation in class discussions, readings: 20%
oral presentation: 20%
feedback on other students' presentations: 10%
final paper (6.000-8.500 words): 50%

Regular attendance is mandatory; please ensure that you do not miss more than two sessions.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grades in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 80-89%
3 (satisfactory): 70-79%
4 (pass): 60-69%
5 (fail): 0-59%

Examination topics

Reading list


We will select the fictional texts/novels that we will read during the first session - suggestions are very welcome! In addition, excerpts from secondary literature will be made available to you on Moodle at regular intervals.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612, MA 844; MA 844(2)
Code/Modul: BA10.2, MA4, MA7; MA 4.1, 4.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-0449

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