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123226 SE Literature Seminar / BA-Paper / MA American/North American Lit./Studies (2018S)

Refugees and the Experience of Flight in North American Literature

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

Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

We start at 4:15 (16h c.t.)

Monday 19.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 09.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 16.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 23.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 30.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 07.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 14.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 28.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 04.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 11.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 18.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar aims at exploring literary renditions of refugee experiences related to North America as a destination in various genres (novel, young adult fiction, short story, poetry). We will look at representations of this experience since the mid-20th century: in the context WW2, at the so-called "boat people" in the Vietnam and Cambodian War, and the flight from dictatorships in Cuba and Haiti. We will explore these literary works through the lens of different theoretical texts and and concepts, from Judith Butler ("precarious lives," "frames of war") and Achille Mbembe ("necropolitics") to Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari ("smooth/striated space"), from trauma studies to social theory (cf. Zygmunt Bauman, Strangers at Our Door). One guiding question will be the question of representation and its aesthetics itself: how can the trauma of persecution and flight be put into language and literary discourse at all?

Methods: lecture parts, discussions, pair work, group work

Assessment and permitted materials

participation, oral presentation in pairs, regular contributions to discussions, written works

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

active participation & shorter assignments (25%)
short presentation (25%)
seminar paper (50%)
Overall 60% pass rate

Examination topics

all material on our reading list

Reading list

Novels:
1) Alan Gratz, Refugee
2) Madeleine Thien, Dogs at the Perimeter
3) Hamid Mohsin, Exit West
shorter texts will be made available via Moodle

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322, BA 10.2, MA5, MA7;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0264

Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42