123426 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA American/North American Lit./Studies (2019S)
Cultural Politics in 20th Century American Narratives
- Registration is open from Fr 15.02.2019 00:00 to Fr 22.02.2019 14:00
- Deregistration possible until Su 31.03.2019 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Because of the expected attendance of the participants at the international conference at the end of March, we will not schedule regular sessions on 15 May, and either on 22 May or 12 June.
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Evaluation of seminar paper and its presentation 40 %, participation in class, including conference 30%, essay test 30 %.
Students interested in the topic of the seminar are invited to volunteer to prepare early seminar presentations for the class.
The first five topics are the following :
1. The representation of strong characters in fiction by the American humorist Irvin S. Cobb. Focus on his stories about “The Old Judge” in Fairfield, Kentucky, in the conservative Upper South.
2. The representation of the Viennese lifestyle and culture in narratives by American journalists resident in the city in the interwar years: Consider Whit Burnett’s “Nostalgia for the Vienna Woods” in the context of traditional images of the city.
3. The literary depiction of political conflicts and ethnic prejudices in an Austrian province in the mid-1930s: Kay Boyle’s “The White Horses of Vienna.”
4. The representation of dangerous trends in Central Europe in the depiction of characters and of atmosphere in the story “We Have to Sit Opposite” by the Canadian writer Ethel Wilson.
5. The transformation of German society and culture in the interwar years as represented by Thomas Wolfe in “Oktoberfest” and “The Dark Messiah.”
Association in the course directory
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322, BA09.2, 10.2, MA5, MA6, MA7;