552.270 (15W) Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America

Wintersemester 2015/16

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06.10.2015 13:00 - 14:30 , HS C
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Lehrende/r
LV Nummer Südostverbund
ENL02001UL
LV-Titel englisch
Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America
LV-Art
Vorlesung
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
4.0
Anmeldungen
122
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
LV-Beginn
13.10.2015
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs

LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

By way of hands-on lecture input and self-directed studying, students will practice and thus acquire critical/cultural/literary thinking skills that will help them develop a critical understanding and appreciation of American literature.

Lehrmethodik

Survey mode: dynamic lecture input, discussions (in class and on Moodle), and close readings of weekly reading assignments.

Aufnahmebedingungen

This class is team-taught by Dr. Stefan Rabitsch (stefan.rabitsch@aau.at) and Mr. Armin Lippitz, MA (armin.lippitz@aau.at). As a general rule, any email queries need to be sent to BOTH course instructors. !!! FIRST MEETING on October 13 !!! (team-taught, content: discussion of pragmatics, first contact with American literature, asking the 'important' questions)

Inhalt/e

What is American literature? This central, and most importantly, open-ended question will guide us through the semester as we will explore the many different shades of American literary geographies—and, as we will see, there are definitely more than fifty. As an introductory lecture, this class serves to provide students with the essential background to the diverse range of US-American literary production, covering a time span that is not easily confined to 200 or 400 years, respectively. Once again, the questions of what is American literature, where does it begin, who says so, and the latent implications of cultural imperialism inherent in them, will fuel much of the dynamically organized structure of the class. Literary texts, like any other cultural artifacts, can be comprehended, appreciated and/or problematized only when placed within their respective cultural and historical context(s) of production, dissemination, and consumption. The formal characteristics of individual American literary movements/genres only serve as a starting point since most emphasis will be placed on how these forms and their functions relate to changing geographic, historical, political, economic contexts which ultimately provide an avenue for understanding the continuities and changes that have shaped American identity to this very day. The lecturers have made it their goal to attend to both the dominant discourses of literary production vis-à-vis marginal(ized) literary voices, which, when viewed synoptically, coalesce into a diverse mosaic of texts that transcend the narrowly defined boundaries of what used to be labeled as the 'American literary canon' in the past.

Themen

  • What is American literature? (approaches, definitions, problematizing 'the canon')
  • The Colonial roots of American literature
  • Know your King James Bible, know the Puritans, understand US-American identity
  • The American Enlightenment and the 'revolutionary' texts that created the nation
  • Let's invent a national literature: American Romanticism
  • We've got some local color happening (regionalism & short stories)
  • Right in the 'Realism', and for the tougher ones: American Naturalism
  • Special focus #1: Native American literature(s)
  • Special focus #2: It doesn't get more American that this: The Western
  • Modernism: Why the “American Dream” failed and how to overcome a “Great Depression” and two World Wars
  • Alternative voices: “Harlem Renaissance”, “The Roaring 20s”, “The Jazz Age”
  • Contemporary American Literature: Postmodernism
  • Special focus #3: From poetry to music lyrics
  • Special focus #4: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s comics, an underrated, iconic medium

Schlagworte

literature studies, literary criticism, American literature, American history, American culture

Lehrziel

Students will actively get involved in reading across the American literary landscape, becoming attuned to the power and relevance of context(s) that will help them develop a critical understanding of the proverbial 'big picture' of American literature. This should provide them with a sound general basis for further studies in the American Studies strand offered by the department.

Erwartete Vorkenntnisse

Technically, there are no requirements. Since this class is a survey of LITERATURE(S), students are directed and required to READ assigned weekly readings in advance and come to class ready to participate in informed discussions and share their opinions on topics covered in class. Familiarizing themselves with the assigned texts is a prerequisite for successfully completing the class since reading assignments are relevant material for the final exam.

Sonstige Studienbehelfe

All relevant reading material will be made available to you in digital form on Moodle. EVERY student is directed & required to obtain and use these resources in order to successfully participate in class.

Literatur

Reading packets will be provided in digital form on a weekly basis. There is no need to buy any books. Main course books: Bercovitch, Sacvan. 2004. The Cambridge History of American Literature. Cambridge: CUP. Bertens, Hans and Theo D’haen. 2014. American Literature: A History. New York: Routledge. Lauter, Paul. ed. 2010. A Companion to American Literature and Culture. Chichester: Blackwell. For each session, we will provide a list of 'suggested literature' that were used to prepare individual lectures along with 'additional material' that provides useful and helpful insights.

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

By way of hands-on lecture input and self-directed studying, students will practice and thus acquire critical/cultural/literary thinking skills that will help them develop a critical understanding and appreciation of American literature.

Lehrmethodik

Survey mode: dynamic lecture input, discussions (in class and on Moodle), and close readings of weekly reading assignments.

Aufnahmebedingungen

This class is team-taught by Dr. Stefan Rabitsch (stefan.rabitsch@aau.at) and Mr. Armin Lippitz, MA (armin.lippitz@aau.at). As a general rule, any email queries need to be sent to BOTH course instructors. !!! FIRST MEETING on October 13 !!! (team-taught, content: discussion of pragmatics, first contact with American literature, asking the 'important' questions)

Inhalt/e

What is American literature? This central, and most importantly, open-ended question will guide us through the semester as we will explore the many different shades of American literary geographies—and, as we will see, there are definitely more than fifty. As an introductory lecture, this class serves to provide students with the essential background to the diverse range of US-American literary production, covering a time span that is not easily confined to 200 or 400 years, respectively. Once again, the questions of what is American literature, where does it begin, who says so, and the latent implications of cultural imperialism inherent in them, will fuel much of the dynamically organized structure of the class. Literary texts, like any other cultural artifacts, can be comprehended, appreciated and/or problematized only when placed within their respective cultural and historical context(s) of production, dissemination, and consumption. The formal characteristics of individual American literary movements/genres only serve as a starting point since most emphasis will be placed on how these forms and their functions relate to changing geographic, historical, political, economic contexts which ultimately provide an avenue for understanding the continuities and changes that have shaped American identity to this very day. The lecturers have made it their goal to attend to both the dominant discourses of literary production vis-à-vis marginal(ized) literary voices, which, when viewed synoptically, coalesce into a diverse mosaic of texts that transcend the narrowly defined boundaries of what used to be labeled as the 'American literary canon' in the past.

Themen

  • What is American literature? (approaches, definitions, problematizing 'the canon')
  • The Colonial roots of American literature
  • Know your King James Bible, know the Puritans, understand US-American identity
  • The American Enlightenment and the 'revolutionary' texts that created the nation
  • Let's invent a national literature: American Romanticism
  • We've got some local color happening (regionalism & short stories)
  • Right in the 'Realism', and for the tougher ones: American Naturalism
  • Special focus #1: Native American literature(s)
  • Special focus #2: It doesn't get more American that this: The Western
  • Modernism: Why the “American Dream” failed and how to overcome a “Great Depression” and two World Wars
  • Alternative voices: “Harlem Renaissance”, “The Roaring 20s”, “The Jazz Age”
  • Contemporary American Literature: Postmodernism
  • Special focus #3: From poetry to music lyrics
  • Special focus #4: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s comics, an underrated, iconic medium

Schlagworte

literature studies, literary criticism, American literature, American history, American culture

Lehrziel

Students will actively get involved in reading across the American literary landscape, becoming attuned to the power and relevance of context(s) that will help them develop a critical understanding of the proverbial 'big picture' of American literature. This should provide them with a sound general basis for further studies in the American Studies strand offered by the department.

Erwartete Vorkenntnisse

Technically, there are no requirements. Since this class is a survey of LITERATURE(S), students are directed and required to READ assigned weekly readings in advance and come to class ready to participate in informed discussions and share their opinions on topics covered in class. Familiarizing themselves with the assigned texts is a prerequisite for successfully completing the class since reading assignments are relevant material for the final exam.

Sonstige Studienbehelfe

All relevant reading material will be made available to you in digital form on Moodle. EVERY student is directed & required to obtain and use these resources in order to successfully participate in class.

Literatur

Reading packets will be provided in digital form on a weekly basis. There is no need to buy any books. Main course books: Bercovitch, Sacvan. 2004. The Cambridge History of American Literature. Cambridge: CUP. Bertens, Hans and Theo D’haen. 2014. American Literature: A History. New York: Routledge. Lauter, Paul. ed. 2010. A Companion to American Literature and Culture. Chichester: Blackwell. For each session, we will provide a list of 'suggested literature' that were used to prepare individual lectures along with 'additional material' that provides useful and helpful insights.

Prüfungsinformationen

Prüfungsinhalt/e

The exam will consist of multiple choice questions and short answer questions (200-300 words). The exam will be structured along the main sections of the lecture.

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

A written/electronic exam (90 minutes, secure exam environment: https://elearning.aau.at/en/support/#spu)

Prüfungsinhalt/e

The exam will consist of multiple choice questions and short answer questions (200-300 words). The exam will be structured along the main sections of the lecture.

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

A written/electronic exam (90 minutes, secure exam environment: https://elearning.aau.at/en/support/#spu)

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelorstudium Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft (SKZ: 642, Version: 09W.3)
    • Fach: Gebundene Wahlfächer (Wahlfach)
      • Modul: Wahlfachmodul Cultural Studies
        • Wahlfachmodul Cultural Studies ( 6.0h XX / 12.0 ECTS)
          • 552.270 Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 15W.2)
    • Fach: Anglophone Literary Studies II: Historical Surveys, Terminology and Practice of Interpretation (Pflichtfach)
      • ENL.002 Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America ( 2.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.270 Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 3., 4., 5., 6. Semester empfohlen
  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Culture Studies (Pflichtfach)
        • Survey of Anglophone Cultures II ( 2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
          • 552.270 Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Fachliches Grund- und Aufbaustudium Literature (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Aufbaustudium Literature
        • Survey of Anglophone Literatures – Focus America ( 0.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
          • 552.270 Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
            Absolvierung im 3. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase (Pflichtfach)
      • Introduction to Culture ( 2.0h PK / 5.0 ECTS)
        • 552.270 Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 2. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Fachliches Aufbaustudium (ab 11W) (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Culture (ab 11W)
        • Introduction to Culture ( 2.0h PK / 5.0 ECTS)
          • 552.270 Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h VO / 5.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Fachliches Aufbaustudium (ab 11W) (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Literature (ab 11W)
        • Survey of Anglophone Literatures ( 2.0h KU, VO / 4.0 ECTS)
          • 552.270 Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Fachliches Aufbaustudium (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Literature
        • Survey of Anglophone Literatures ( 2.0h KU / 4.0 ECTS)
          • 552.270 Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
            Absolvierung im 3. Semester empfohlen

Gleichwertige Lehrveranstaltungen im Sinne der Prüfungsantrittszählung

Wintersemester 2019/20
  • 552.270 VO Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2018/19
  • 552.270 VO Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2017/18
  • 552.270 VO Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2016/17
  • 552.270 VO Survey of Anglophone Literatures: Focus America (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2015
  • 551.217 VO Survey of Anglophone Literatures b (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2013/14
  • 551.216 VO Survey of Anglophone Literatures (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2013
  • 551.216 KU Survey of Anglophone Literatures (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)