609578 British and/or Postcolonial Literature: Sense, Sex & Syphilis: The Body in Victorian Literature

winter semester 2017/2018 | Last update: 06.10.2017 Place course on memo list
609578
British and/or Postcolonial Literature: Sense, Sex & Syphilis: The Body in Victorian Literature
PS 2
2,5
weekly
each semester
English

Gaining insights into Victorian literature and culture; learning to combine methods of cultural and literary analysis; developing theoretical approaches to the body; becoming familiar with 19th-century medical history and the history of knowledge

Did Victorians never have sex – or, if they did, were they told to ‘close their eyes and think of England’? Did they cover up their piano and table legs, for fear these would seem to obscene? Were Victorians ashamed of their bodies and averse to sensual pleasures? This seminar starts out by debunking these, and related, myths surrounding Victorian bodies. What we will be trying to do in this course is gain a more nuanced and complex understanding of the way in which Victorians conceived of, represented, felt, mediated, translated, stylised, and (un)covered their bodies. Tracing the broader themes of the senses, sexuality, and sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, we will scrutinise a number of 19th-century texts for their explicit and hidden evocations of the body. We will seek to enrich our readings of literary and medical texts by drawing on prominent theories of the body, most notably the work of Judith Butler and Michel Foucault.

Expert group, discussions, group work, research project

Active participation, expert group contribution, term paper

To be announced

BA 2015: positive completion of compulsory module 10

BA 2009: positive completion of compulsory module 16

Teacher Training Programme BA 2015: positive completion of compulsory module 13

Teacher Training Programme: VO 2: Introduction to British and Postcolonial Literary Studies

not applicable

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.

 

03.10.2017
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Date Time Location
Tue 2017-10-03
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-10-10
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-10-17
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-10-24
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-10-31
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-11-07
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-11-14
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-11-21
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-11-28
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-12-05
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2017-12-12
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2018-01-09
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2018-01-16
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2018-01-23
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2018-01-30
15.30 - 17.00 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free