610006 PS American Literature

summer semester 2016 | Last update: 16.02.2016 Place course on memo list
610006
PS American Literature
PS 2
2,5
weekly
each semester
English

Familiarizing students with an early genre of American literary history, with a special focus on the various influences captivity narratives had on the formation of the American identity.

Captivity played a very significant role in early US history. Not surprisingly, thus, this topic has also heavily influenced American literary production. This proseminar analyzes various kinds of captivity narratives, e.g. African American slave narratives or accounts by European settlers about their captivity among Native Americans. A special focus will be placed on American captivity in North Africa at the beginning of the nineteenth century:

Although Mediterranean piracy had far-reaching consequences at the time, the phenomenon has by now largely faded into obscurity, despite greatly shaping the identity of the young American nation. American captives suffering unjust oppression in places such as Algiers, Tunis or Tripoli evoked memories of British colonialism. This in turn had interesting implications for the already tension-filled relationship between authenticity and fictionality in these texts.

In this course the students will learn to critically examine these narratives from a literary perspective, while also taking into account the more widespread historical approaches. This provides revealing insights into many colonialism-related aspects, such as Orientalism, anti-Muslim sentiments, representations of the “Other,” but also gender-specific issues.

Lecture inputs, presentations, group discussions, attendance of the ESCAPE conference, June 16-18, 2016.

Active class participation, student presentations, reading assignments, term paper

Various fictional and non-fictional American captivity narratives, as primary sources and secondary literature, by Linda Colley, Daniel Vitkus and Paul Baepler, among others. All texts will be posted on OLAT.

Prerequisite for the Bachelor Program (612): positive completion of compulsory module 10,  for the Teacher Training Program (Lehramtsstudium: 344): VO2: Introduction to American Literary Studies, for BA Lehramt (344): positive completion of compulsory module 13

not applicable

For the Teacher Training Program (Lehramtsstudium: 344): PS2: American Literature.

Due to substantial differences in the allocation of ECTS-Credits in various curricula (teacher training program - BA/MA English and American Studies), the requirements for this course vary. Information will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the course. 

10.03.2016
Group 0
Date Time Location
Thu 2016-03-10
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-03-17
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-04-07
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-04-14
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-04-21
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-04-28
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-05-12
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-05-19
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-06-02
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-06-09
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-06-16
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-06-23
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Thu 2016-06-30
13.45 - 15.15 40130 40130 Barrier-free