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

Crossing of Borders and Cultural Circulation: Canada and the American South

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

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Instead of two sessions - on Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 - which will have to be canceled, an additional session with a lecture by a prominent Canadian scholar attending an international conference will be scheduled for Dec. 10. The exact time of this lecture will be announced later.

Wednesday 09.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 16.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 23.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 30.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 06.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 13.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 27.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 04.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 11.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 11.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Wednesday 08.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 15.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 22.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 29.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Crossing of Borders and Cultural Circulation : Canada and the American South : interactive course for advanced students.
While the USA and Canada share a very long border and the topographical features of the two countries in the northeast of the continent and on the great plains / prairies are very similar, and their economies are intricately linked – as the recent re-negotiations of the NAFTA treaty have shown - the links between Canada and the big region of the American South (roughly the southeast of the USA) seem at first sight fairly tenuous. But closer attention to the history of the two vast regions and the reciprocal cultural impact reveals many remarkable points of contact and many cultural connections.
In the mid-18th century the removal of the francophone Acadiens from Nova Scotia by the British authorities and their settlement in what is now Louisiana (the Cajuns of today!) represent a first important demographic relationship. The flight of many fugitive slaves and their goal, a safe haven in British North America, the gradually emerging dominion of Canada, to be reached on the route of the ‘underground railroad’ in the 19th century, especially after 1850, confirm the significance of the northern country for (a considerable segment of) the population in the South and demonstrate the importance of the crossing of the border between the two countries. And the remarkable literary productivity of the American South from the 1920s onwards – following some culturally stagnant decades after the defeat of the Confederacy and the end of Reconstruction – clearly inspired generations of Canadian writers in the second half of the 20th century. To examine some of the multiple documents of these sofar insufficiently researched connections between the American South and Canada is the primary goal of the interactive course.

Assessment and permitted materials

- presentation on a text contained in the Reader (30%)
- preparation of discussion of the broader context of the text (20%)
- minutes of a session (20%)
- final essay in class on the topic of the course with critical reflection (30%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

minimum pass rate is 60%

Examination topics

Student presentations of short research papers on the topics chosen, general discussion of the texts contained in the Reader and their cultural contexts.

Reading list

Excerpts from relevant narratives in prose and verse and several short stories are contained in a Reader to be acquired at Copy Studio.
A reserve shelf (Handapparat) with the complete texts to be considered, with some material on the individual authors concerned with the crossing of the border and involved in the cultural circulation as well as some relevant studies will be accessible on the upper floor of the departmental library. A list of the topics for short papers will be announced on my departmental homepage, and volunteers for the first presentations in class are invited to contact me before the beginning of the course.
Among the topics will be the following:
1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: The Epic of Love, Separation and Expatriation. Consider the historical context of ethnic cleansing and the literary presentation of the romance.
2. Joshua Mc Carter Simpson, “Away to Canada”: Fact and Fiction of the Route to Freedom of Fugitive Slaves. Consider briefly the historical legal and political context (the Compromise of 1850, including the Fugitive Slave Law).
3. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Fact and Fiction of the Underground Railroad. Consider the stages in the flight of the African American slaves George and Eliza to Canada.
4. Uncle Tom’s Cabin The Contemporary Impact of the Narrative with the two Major Strands. Consider also the reception of the novel abroad.
5. Kate Chopin, “Desirée’s Baby”: Louisiana’s Multi-ethnic Culture as Reflected in Chopin’s Stories in Bayou Folks.
6. Flannery O’Connor, “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” : Intrusion and Exit from the Southern Foothills: Grotesque Violence in the Piedmont Region of the South.
7. Eudora Welty, “Shower of Gold”: Volubility and Irrepressible Vitality in Some of Welty’s Stories.
8. William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! : The Narrative Mediation of Obsessions in the Opening of Faulkner’s Masterpiece.
9. Jack Hodgins, “Every Day of His Life” and “White Smoke Rising” : Echoes of Classic Southern Fiction (by Faulkner, O’Connor and Welty).
10. Jack Hodgins, “Galleries”: A Pilgrimage to a Literary Shrine as a Way towards Literary Emancipation.
11. Alice Munro, “Epilogue: The Photographer” : Instances of Dialogues with Foreign Writers /Artists in Munro’s Early Fiction.
12. Elizabeth Spencer, “Sharon”: Relationships between the Races and Social Regulations in the Deep South. Consider their perception in some of the “Marilee” stories by the author.
13. Elizabeth Spencer, “I, Maureen”: The Experience of Estrangement and the Search for a New Identity in the Canadian Metropolis.
14. Clark Blaise, “The Salesman’s Son Grows Older”: Nomadic Lives as Perceived by the Protagonist-Narrator.
15. Clark Blaise, “South”: The Experience of Dislocation and Alienation. Consider the process of fictionalization in some of the “Thibidault” stories by the author.
16. Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes: Consider selected episodes from the narrative, especially the move of the protagonist Aminata Diallo to Canada, and consider also the historical context.

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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