552.282 (20W) Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Moments of Magical Realism in US-American-Literature

Wintersemester 2020/21

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Erster Termin der LV
12.10.2020 12:00 - 14:00 N.0.43 On Campus
Nächster Termin:
25.01.2021 12:00 - 14:00 N.0.43 On Campus

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Lehrende/r
LV Nummer Südostverbund
ENL04002UL
LV-Titel englisch
Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Moments of Magical Realism in US-American-Literature
LV-Art
Proseminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
LV-Modell
Onlinelehrveranstaltung
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte
3.0
Anmeldungen
9 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
mögliche Sprache/n der Leistungserbringung
Englisch
LV-Beginn
12.10.2020
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs
Anmerkungen

This class will take place ONLINE only-

Attendance of the first session on October 12, 2020 is mandatory. 

Zeit und Ort

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LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

This class will familiarize students with the literary genre of magical realism in the context of US-American-Literature. They will gain a better understanding of how authors of different (ethnic) communities choose to incorporate this narrative device into their writings and which issues are depicted through Magical Realism. Students will further develop their skills of interpreting texts within specific socio-cultural and literary historical contexts and pay close attention to issues such as class, gender, ethnicity, and race.

Lehrmethodik inkl. Einsatz von eLearning-Tools

Short lecture inputs, in-class discussion of assigned primary texts through close textual analysis, group discussion.

Inhalt/e

Narratives that are considered magical realist are characterized by displaying a borderless combination of and alteration between ‘magical’ elements and settings, characters, and events in the real world. A critical sensitivity to magical effects may offers insight into the layered consciousness that makes up US-American society and culture. Indeed, the texts we focus on in this class incorporate such ‘unreal’ moments into their plots that they are utterly normal in their settings. We start out with Franz Roh’s essay Magic Realism: Post-Expressionism (1925) in which he coined the term “Magical Realism” and then continue with selected short stories. Next, we will read Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated (2002) which offers a retelling of holocaust history, juxtaposed with a contemporary protagonist’s plot. We will then watch the 2005 adaptation which allows us to discuss differences between a literary text and a visual narrative and how these two media are able to depict ‘magical’ elements. After this, we will read Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) and explore the ways in which ‘Magical Realism’ can be used to portray issues such as trauma, the permissibility of memory, and race. Finally, we will turn our attention to Alfredo Véa Jr.’s La Maravilla (1993), an embodiment of belonging to two worlds, and being torn between the love and fear of both. In this novel, we encounter a place seemingly built by outsiders, allowing us to further explore the intersection of ethnic marginalization and to observe similarities and overlaps between distinct spiritual traditions. 

Literatur

Foer, Jonathan Safran. 2002. Everything Is Illuminated. Any edition.

Morrison, Toni. 1987. Beloved. Any edition

Véa, Alfredo Jr. 1993. La Maravilla. Any edition.

All other materials will be provided by the instructor.

Prüfungsinformationen

Beurteilungsschema

Note Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 17W.2)
    • Fach: Anglophone Literary Studies II: Historical Surveys, Terminology and Practice of Interpretation (Pflichtfach)
      • ENL.004 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies ( 2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.282 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Moments of Magical Realism in US-American-Literature (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 7., 8. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 15W.2)
    • Fach: Anglophone Literary Studies II: Historical Surveys, Terminology and Practice of Interpretation (Pflichtfach)
      • ENL.004 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies, Lehrveranstaltung ( 2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.282 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Moments of Magical Realism in US-American-Literature (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 3., 4. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 19W.1)
    • Fach: Anglophone Literary Studies II: Historical Surveys, Terminology and Practice of Interpretation (Pflichtfach)
      • ENL.004 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies ( 2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.282 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Moments of Magical Realism in US-American-Literature (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 7., 8. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.2)
    • Fach: Fachliches Grund- und Aufbaustudium Literature (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Aufbaustudium Literature
        • 5.5 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies ( 0.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          • 552.282 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Moments of Magical Realism in US-American-Literature (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
            Absolvierung im 4. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Fachliches Aufbaustudium (ab 11W) (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Literature (ab 11W)
        • Topics in Literature ( 2.0h PS / 5.0 ECTS)
          • 552.282 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Moments of Magical Realism in US-American-Literature (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)

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