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140139 VO Politics and the Novel in South Africa (2011S)

Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 11.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 18.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 25.03. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 01.04. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 08.04. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 15.04. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 06.05. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 13.05. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 20.05. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 27.05. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 03.06. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 10.06. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 17.06. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Friday 24.06. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will provide an examination of the development of form and content of the novel in response to the political, legal and economic context in the period 1948 to the present. The lament in the academy that politics and literature should be kept apart is correctly decried as an impossibility in South Africa. JM Coetzee (obliquely), Gordimer (directly), Mda (pedantically, critically) etc. are primarily reflections not on the state of a universal human soul, but on the historically contingent situation of individuals and collectives in South Africa and the coming to terms with reality at particular historical junctions.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- To gain insight into the broad spectrum of literary responses in a highly-politicised context
- To understand the interrelationships between politics and literature
- To obtain an overview of the debates surrounding the relationship between form and content of the novel

Examination topics

Primarily lectures with tutorial format for short discussions.

Reading list

Mandatory reading will be any edition of the following three books.
Coetzee, JM. Disgrace. Penguin Books, Middlesex, UK, 1999.
Gordimer, N. The Pick up. Penguin Books, Middelsex, UK. 2002.
Mda, Z. Black Diamond. Penguin Books (South Africa). 2009.

Association in the course directory

SAL (AL.1.) //
Anglistik & Amerikanistik: A 344 UF: SPP 2068 M323 - M325 - Literature Course (interactive) / A 343 Diplom: SPP 2206 M325 - Literature course / A 844 MA Anglophone Literatures and Cultures:
5206 3041 - MA4 - Literature 1; 5207 3042 - MA4 - Literature 2.

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