641229 Gender Studies: The Measuring of Silence in Literary Texts.

summer semester 2016 | Last update: 09.05.2016 Place course on memo list
641229
Gender Studies: The Measuring of Silence in Literary Texts.
UE 2
5
Block
annually
German

According to Gayatri Spivak reading − that is translation per se − calls for a specific kind of understanding in the sense of measuring textual silence. This textual silence refers to several modes like the unspeakable, the unheard, the silenced speech or the untranslatable. For this reason silence is not the opposite of speech, but its genuine part. Language can be grasped as a field of powerful forces that constitute meaning. Therefore, the unspeakable is part of this very constitution. Since those power struggles are aimed at the marginalization of certain kinds of speech and speakers, the course's outcome is to ask critically how these mechanisms are related to categories like gender and ethnicity.

In our own attempt to measure textual silence, we are guided by the following question: Which are the specific techniques of literary texts that expose the ongoing silencing? Accordingly, our main interest is to ask for formal aspects, the textual modus operandi, through which the powerful forces of language are challenged. Kafka, for instance, creates a experimental writing that allows a fresh reading of Homer's Sirens. In Yoko Tawada' texts the reader him_herself experiences silence, whereas Toni Morrison refers critically to the way Women of Color are violently addressed.

The course is planned as workshop: The first unit is dedicated to the discussion of various theoretical approaches. On this basis the students are asked to present literary texts in the second unit.

To complete the course the students have to take part in learning groups and prepare several keynote speeches during the semester. At the end of the semester a short paper (circumference about 4.5 pages) has to be written. In addition, the active participation in the discussions will be part of the rating.

1.    Butler, Judith: Die Macht der Geschlechternormen und die Grenzen des Menschlichen. F.a.M. 2009.

2.    Kafka, Franz: Das Schweigen der Sirenen, in ders. Hochzeitsvorbereitungen auf dem Lande und andere Prosa aus dem Nachlaß, hg. von Max Brod. F.a.M., 1983, 58-59.

3.    Morrison, Toni: Im Dunkeln spielen. Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1995.

4.    Ovid: Metamorphosen. München, 1997.

5.    Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty: Can the Subaltern Speak?. Wien, 2007.

6.    Tawada, Yoko: Verwandlungen. Tübingen, 1998.

22.04.2016
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Fri 2016-04-22
09.00 - 20.30 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Sat 2016-04-23
09.00 - 20.30 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Fri 2016-06-03
09.00 - 20.30 4U102b 4U102b Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Sat 2016-06-04
09.00 - 20.30 4U102b 4U102b Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired