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123223 SE Literature Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2013S)

Contemporary Fiction

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

Registration/Deregistration

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

Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 14.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 21.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 11.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 18.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 25.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 02.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 16.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 23.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 06.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 13.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 20.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 27.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar we will analyse contemporary novels which explore phenomena beyond the normal in terms of a variety of transgressions. Racial, religious and moral taboos are broken as well as prevailing rules and norms of human co-existence. Two of the novels are set in Africa, one featuring the comic adventures of a contemporary picaro in a newly independent fictitious African country, the other a disturbing portrait of post-apartheid South Africa. Two of the novels are set in England, one an epistolary novel in which a literary scholar attempts to uncover the mystery of creativity, the other an unsettling study of loneliness and obsession in a school setting.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance, oral presentation, active participation in class discussions, research paper (20-25 pages), final essay.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Introduce students to contemporary novels which focus on transgressive behaviour, a hallmark of our society, in a variety of ways, by acquainting the reader with fascinating as well as problematic characters. All four novels are also interesting from a narratological point of view, narrative agents ranging from an unreliable narrator and idiosyncratic correspondent to eccentric and peculiar focalisers.

Examination topics

interactive; students' presentations, class discussions.

Reading list

The four texts, William Boyd 'A Good Man in Africa', Michael Frayn 'The Trick of It', J. M. Coetzee 'Disgrace', Zoe Heller 'Notes on a Scandal', are available at facultas on campus.

Association in the course directory

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: Diplom 322, 326/328, 336/338, 721-723, 821, UF4.2.4-322, BA10.2, MA4, MA7;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0374

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