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123227 SE Literature Seminar / BA-Paper / MA American/North American Lit./Studies (2018S)

Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: The American Tradition

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

Friday 09.03. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 16.03. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 23.03. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 13.04. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 27.04. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 04.05. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 11.05. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 18.05. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 25.05. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 01.06. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 08.06. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 15.06. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 22.06. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This interactive course spans more than two centuries of American women’s writing focusing on women’s voices and feminist perspectives. Focusing on a different theme each week and exploring several literary genres including poetry, the short story, the novel, the novella, and the essay, we will examine how definitions of femininity and feminism have shifted over time and as a result of their intersection with perceptions of gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, class, and age. Our discussions will center on a variety of American women writers who have shaped both the American literary canon and American feminism.

Assessment and permitted materials

I. Seminar Paper: Each student will be asked to write a 6500-8000-word typed essay following the departmental style sheet on a course-related topic of his/her choice. You must incorporate at least three pieces of secondary literature, acknowledging them any time they inform your argument. Please attach samples from each piece of secondary writing and include a works cited section. Be sure to have a strong and original thesis and to support your argument by using specific examples and quotations from the texts on which you focus. I recommend that you schedule at least one appointment preferably but not necessarily during my office hours to discuss your paper. Deadline for papers is July 15, 2018.

II. Biography Report: Each student will give a 5-minute report on an author and prepare a 1-page electronic handout or 5 Prezi/PowerPoint slides for the class.

III: Minutes: Each student will be responsible for taking minutes (1-2 pages) in which s/he summarizes the content of the discussions held.

IV: Classroom Discussion: Each student is expected to participate in the discussion each time we meet.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

All the texts discussed in class

Reading list

Kate Chopin, 'The Awakening', Penguin Classics, new ed., ISBN 9780142437322
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye, Vintage 978-0-09-975991-1
Sandra Cisneros, The House in Mango Street, ISBN:0-679-73477-5

The texts can be purchased from Facultas Bookshop, Uni-Campus, courtyard 1. If you order independently, please make sure to buy these editions (i.e. order the ISBN given above).

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