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123224 SE Literature Seminar / BA Paper / MA American/North American Lit./Studies (2013S)

Recent Southern Fiction

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

Literary Seminar

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

Wednesday 13.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 20.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 10.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 17.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 08.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 15.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 22.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 29.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 05.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 12.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 19.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 26.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of the seminar is to familiarize participants with topics and preoccupations of Southern writers from several subregions of the South, in particular Louisiana and West Virginia, representing different social and cultural backgrounds: White lower middle-class or upper-class people from the Tidewater, Appalachia or the Deep South and African Americans. The seminar will address various acute social problems in the South in the 20th century and problematical ways of dealing with them and with the burden of the past – in the judiciary, in the sphere of education, and through social engineering. It will also explore various crises in the private realm.

Assessment and permitted materials

Seminar paper (20-25 pages), oral presentation, regular attendance and active class participation, two reports on sessions, final written test.

Attention: Theses for BA degrees need to comprise approx. 35 pages.

We will miss sessions in April; a make-up session will therefore be held on Saturday, May 25, in the morning.

A list of topics for seminar papers has been prepared and volunteers for the first sessions are invited to see me in my office hours or register with team members in the Canadian Studies Center.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Familiarizing the participants with recent trends in Southern fiction, rooted in subregions formerly less productive in literature.

Examination topics

Student presentations of research papers on the topics chosen, general discussion of the texts and their location in the literary tradition.

Reading list

Lee Smith. "Oral History." Berkley Trade: 2011. ISBN: 9780425245460.
Ernest Gaines. "A Lesson Before Dying." Serpent's Tail: 2001. ISBN: 9781852427238
Walker Percy. "The Thanatos Syndrome." St Martins Press: 1999. ISBN: 9780312243326
Josephine Humphreys. “The Fireman’s Fair.” Penguin USA: 1991. ISBN: 9780140168389

Copies of these books will be available, for instance, at Facultas am Campus.
A reserved shelf will be provided in the Departmental Library.

Association in the course directory

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: Diplom 322, UF 4.2.4-322, BA10.2, MA5, MA7;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0375

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