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123250 AR Literature Course - Literature 1/2 (MA) American/North American & Cultural Studies (2019S)

Archaeology and Autofiction in America

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 08.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 15.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 22.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 29.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 05.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 12.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 03.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 10.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 17.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 24.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 31.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 07.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 14.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 21.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 28.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In a workshop format, this course introduces to the transnational discourse of archaeology in America from historical, literary and popular-culture perspectives. Besides attention to world-history sites in the wider Asia and Africa, American archaeology for a long time has been split between, on the one hand, narratives of U.S. American participation in classical archaeology in Europe and the circum-Mediterranean regions and, on the other hand, U.S. American excavations and narratives of American sites and cultures in North-America, Mesoamerica and South America. Between these geographical and narrative nodes, the seminar investigates the relation of U.S. American archaeology and archaeologists to the history, methodology and theory of the discipline since the 18th century, to colonialism and imperialism, and to the creation of the images of the scientists and their field through scientific myths and through auto/biography and autofiction. Philhellenism since the Enlightenment period and idealist concepts of history will be discussed as discourses motivating archaeology and the study of material culture. An engagement of the Indiana Jones figure in films or further media is also possible. Life writing by and about men and women archaeologists will be addressed through criteria of gender, class and race and analyzed for narrative patterns in the creation of personas, celebrities, excavation events as well as nationalist and culturalist hierarchies.

Details on readings will be given during the first session. Recommended introductory reading: Popular works by C.W. Ceram, such as Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archeology (1949, trans. E.B. Garside and Sophie Wilkins 1951) or The First American: A Story of North American Archaeology (1971, trans. Richard and Clara Winston). any edition of the books is fine.

Assessment and permitted materials

- short written responses to readings or reading questions (20%)
- minutes of a session (20%)
- presentation on field of expertise (20%)
- preparation of discussion of reading in field of expertise (20%)
- final portfolio with critical reflection (20%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

minimum pass rate is 60%

Examination topics

Reading list


Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344; MA 844; MA UF 046/507
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-323-325; MA5, MA6, MA7; M04A
Lehrinhalt: 12-0267

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