551.236 (12S) Topics in Literature: Best-selling 20th Century American Fiction

Lehrveranstaltung

Sommersemester 2012

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Lehrende/r
LV-Art
Proseminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
4.0
Anmeldungen
25 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
LV-Beginn
05.03.2012
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs

Zeit und Ort

Tag von - bis Raum Details
Mo, 05.03.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 12.03.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 26.03.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 16.04.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 23.04.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 30.04.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 07.05.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 14.05.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 21.05.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 04.06.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 11.06.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich
Mo, 18.06.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 entfällt
Mo, 25.06.2012 08:00 - 10:00 I.0.42 wöchentlich

LV-Beschreibung

Lehrmethodik

Short lecture inputs, close reading, discussions and group activities, journal writing …

Inhalt/e

In this course we will go on a reading journey through some best-selling American fiction of the twentieth century: We will take off with The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a classic about the illusions of the American Dream. Our next stop will be J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951), a novel that deals with issues of the “disaffected youth” and their search for identity. Once heavily criticized for its profanity and banned in schools for decades, the book today is required reading for students in the U.S. Our literary journey will then lead us to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), another coming of age story, but one that brings issues of racial prejudice and injustice in a sleepy Southern town to the center of America’s consciousness. Our final destination will be The Bluest Eye (1970), the tragic tale of a young Black girl longing for beauty, and the first novel by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. 

Lehrziel

Students will get an in-depth understanding of selected works of twentieth century best-selling American fiction, will discuss the literary texts and their respective authors, and learn about the historical contexts and what made those novels bestsellers. In addition to the four novels on the reading list, students will acquaint themselves with texts on critical theory, which will help them to analyze literary texts based on a variety of approaches. By the end of the semester, students should be able to identify themes and concerns of the novels on the reading list, as well as have learned to express a critical voice in literature studies.

Voraussetzungen

Completion of "Cultures in Context" and "Introduction to Literature"

Literatur

REQUIRED READING: Novels to be purchased in any edition (AFTER formal admission to the course): Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye Recommended for Purchase: Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd edition. Additional texts and excerpts will be made available by the course instructor on Moodle and in a concise reader to be purchased in the secretary's office.

Lehrmethodik

Short lecture inputs, close reading, discussions and group activities, journal writing …

Inhalt/e

In this course we will go on a reading journey through some best-selling American fiction of the twentieth century: We will take off with The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a classic about the illusions of the American Dream. Our next stop will be J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951), a novel that deals with issues of the “disaffected youth” and their search for identity. Once heavily criticized for its profanity and banned in schools for decades, the book today is required reading for students in the U.S. Our literary journey will then lead us to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), another coming of age story, but one that brings issues of racial prejudice and injustice in a sleepy Southern town to the center of America’s consciousness. Our final destination will be The Bluest Eye (1970), the tragic tale of a young Black girl longing for beauty, and the first novel by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. 

Lehrziel

Students will get an in-depth understanding of selected works of twentieth century best-selling American fiction, will discuss the literary texts and their respective authors, and learn about the historical contexts and what made those novels bestsellers. In addition to the four novels on the reading list, students will acquaint themselves with texts on critical theory, which will help them to analyze literary texts based on a variety of approaches. By the end of the semester, students should be able to identify themes and concerns of the novels on the reading list, as well as have learned to express a critical voice in literature studies.

Voraussetzungen

Completion of "Cultures in Context" and "Introduction to Literature"

Literatur

REQUIRED READING: Novels to be purchased in any edition (AFTER formal admission to the course): Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye Recommended for Purchase: Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd edition. Additional texts and excerpts will be made available by the course instructor on Moodle and in a concise reader to be purchased in the secretary's office.

Prüfungsinformationen

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

20 % Discussion Facilitation
30 % In-Class Work (pop quizzes, reading responses, active participation, etc.)
50 % PS-Paper

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

20 % Discussion Facilitation
30 % In-Class Work (pop quizzes, reading responses, active participation, etc.)
50 % PS-Paper

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Culture Studies
        • Topics in Literature Studies ( 2h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
          • 551.236 Topics in Literature: Best-selling 20th Century American Fiction (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Fachliches Aufbaustudium (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Literature
        • Topics in Literature ( 2h PS / 5.0 ECTS)
          • 551.236 Topics in Literature: Best-selling 20th Century American Fiction (2.0h PS / 5.0 ECTS)
            Absolvierung im 3. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 05W.1)
    • Fach: Fachliches Aufbaustudium (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Modul Literature Studies
        • Topics in Literature Studies ( 2h VO, PS, KU, EX / 4.0 ECTS)
          • 551.236 Topics in Literature: Best-selling 20th Century American Fiction (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
            Absolvierung im 3. Semester empfohlen
  • Diplomstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 343, Version: 02W)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Culture Studies
        • Topics in Literature Studies ( 2h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
          • 551.236 Topics in Literature: Best-selling 20th Century American Fiction (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Diplomstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 343, Version: 02W)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Culture Studies
        • Cultures in Close-Up ( 1h PS / 2.0 ECTS)
          • 551.236 Topics in Literature: Best-selling 20th Century American Fiction (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Diplomstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 343, Version: 02W)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Linguistic Basis
        • Cultures in Close-Up ( 1h PS / 2.0 ECTS)
          • 551.236 Topics in Literature: Best-selling 20th Century American Fiction (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)

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