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123422 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2013S)

'The Witch' in English and Scottish History and Literature

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

VERY IMPORTANT: Due to the exceedingly tight schedule of the course, the topics will be distributed to the participants at the first meeting on MON 11 March at 2 p.m. (s.t.) (Room 2) despite the fact that there are usually no lectures on the dies academicus (Rektorstag). It is vital for each student to choose his/her topic personally.

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

Monday 11.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 18.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 08.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 15.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 22.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 29.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 06.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 13.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 27.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 03.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 10.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 17.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Monday 24.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Contents: The seminar will focus on the perennial and cross-cultural phenomenon of "witchcraft" and witch-persecution and its historical manifestation in England and Scotland between the late 16th and the 18th centuries. In two introductory units a brief outline of the history of the European witch-craze from around 1500 to 1750 will be given, and the controversial role of King James VI of Scotland (later James I of England) in the Scottish witch-trials of the late 1590s will be given and his obsession with witchcraft demonstrated on the basis of his notorious book "Daemonology" (1597). Some recent theories and critical interdisciplinary approaches to the universal phenomenon of witchcraft will likewise be considered. This epistemological framework is intended to help students in contextualizing the texts under discussion and to enable them to discern features of witchcraft and the central themes and motifs inherent in literary constructions of witches and witchcraft. The works selected for discussion in class include Rowley, Dekker and Ford's tragedy "The Witch of Edmonton" (1621), which is based on the historical witch-trial and execution of Elizabeth Sawyer (1621), Robert Burns' ballad Tam O'Shanter, several short stories of the 19th and 20th centuries, and a recent historical witchcraft play "The Last Witch" (2009) by the Scottish dramatist Rona Munro, dealing with the execution of Janet Horne, the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Scotland in 1727.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment: regular attendance throughout the semester, active participation in the discussions in class; submission of one seminar paper in English (8,000 words; BA thesis 11,000 words), which must be an authentic work written by the participant individually (no group work!); one PPT presentation (individually or as a member of a group) of max. 30 mins per speaker; a final essay (700 words +) to be written in class. Deadline for submitting the seminar-paper: strictly at the appointed date (usually one week after the presentation unless otherwise agreed). A feedback will be given within four weeks after submission.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Aims: To familiarize students with the critical study of different literary genres; to advance students' cross-cultural learning; to provide students with the given historical and cultural contexts; to enhance students' theoretical and practical skills in literary analysis and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature; to further develop students' competence in writing research papers and to perfect their proficiency in written and oral English as well as to advance their computer-based presentation skills.

Examination topics

Methods: Interactive computer-aided teaching; use of the e-learning platform Moodle, introductory teacher-centred units providing the historical and cultural background; interactive student-centred teaching units with students' presentations (PPT) and plenum discussion.

Reading list

Texts: Students are asked to provide private reading copies of the plays "The Last Witch" (2009) and Rowley, Dekker and Ford's "The Witch of Edmonton" (1621) (any Pb edition); a Reader containing the poems and short stories will be provided by 11 March. (Details will follow by circular e-mail).

Association in the course directory

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: Diplom 322, 326/328, 336/338, 426/428, 436/438, 526/528, 536/538, 721-723, 821, UF 4.2.4-322, BA09.2, 10.2, MA4, MA6, MA7;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0373

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