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124344 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2018S)

Angels and Demons: Dialectical Victorian Constructions and Subversive (Post-)Modernist Deconstructions of Femininity in Literature and Theory

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

Tuesday 13.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 20.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 10.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 17.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 24.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 08.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 15.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 29.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 05.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 12.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 19.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 26.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will familiarize students with core-terms of poststructuralist theory such as: discursive practice/constructions and deconstruction in regard to historically-specific patriarchal and feminist discourses on femininity, gender, and the body of the 19th and 20th centuries. Considering aspects of theories by Foucault, Derrida, Beauvoir, Gilbert & Gubar, deLauretis and Cixous/Kristeva, we will explore how these can be applied to an analysis of dialectical constructions of femininity produced by master-discourses of Romanticism and Victorianism; how this dialectics was challenged by 19th cent female literary & poetic imagination and significantly subverted in modernist and postmodernist deconstructions. Additionally, we will consider how the angel/demon construction shapes constructions of masculinity in literary representations.
Special focus will be put on the meaning of the texts in the historical, cultural and social contexts of the respective literary period. This analysis will be embedded in a discussion of related stylistic devices and narrative strategies such as: dramatic monologue, metaficiton, intertextuality, rewriting, deconstruction. Literature will be read in context of responding to changing historical, social and cultural conditions wherein literary devices become discursive tools for critical comment and reflection.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular Participation
Participation in Plenum Discussions
Oral Presentation (max. 15 mins per presenter)
Short Written Reflections (300 words)
Final Paper (the lecturer will provide an introduction how to conceptualize the PS-Paper)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

TENTATIVE List of Texts discussed (a final shortened and revised list of texts will be provided by end of February)
Romanticism & Pre-raffaelites:
Keats, John. “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” (1819)
Shelley, Percy. "Alastor" (1815)
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. „The Blessed Damozel“ (1847)
Rossetti, Christina. „Goblin Market“ (1862)
Victorianism
Browning, Robert. „My Last Duchess“ (1842)
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. (1847)
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. (1897)
Modernism - Postmodernism
Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood. (1936)
Plath, Sylvia. “Lady Lazarus”; “Medusa”; “Ariel” (1965)
Duffy, Carol Anne. “Mrs. Beast”, “Mrs Lazarus” “Salome” In: The World’s Wife (1999)
Beat:
Ginsberg "Howl" (1959)

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.3-304, BA10.1; BEd 08a.1, BEd 08b.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-3041

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