552.280 (17S) Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Contemporary African American literature

Sommersemester 2017

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16.03.2017 08:00 - 10:00 , Z.1.29
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Lehrende/r
LV Nummer Südostverbund
ENL04001UL
LV-Titel englisch
Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Contemporary African American literature
LV-Art
Proseminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
5.0
Anmeldungen
20 (25 max.) Anzahl der tatsächlich angemeldeten Studierenden
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
LV-Beginn
16.03.2017
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs
Anmerkungen

If you are interested in attending this course, I highly recommend watching Hidden Figures and Fences at the movie theater (preferably in English). There is the possibility to gain extra credit for viewing these films. 

LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

  • Identify contemporary African American writers, their particular narrative approaches for re-writing or integrating the past into present/futuristic settings, and nuanced language use in speech patterns in the texts.
  • Apply Black feminist and gender studies theoretical approaches to the texts through class discussions and in written essays, as well as link the texts to each other.
  • Defend critical interpretations of the novel through class discussions.
  • In-depth analysis of the novels and the creation of structured, logical arguments through writing research papers including primary and secondary sources. Acquisition of additional knowledge about the author, genre, theoretical approach(es) and/or chosen topic for the thesis.

Lehrmethodik

Interactive class disscusions, in small groups as well as in the whole group. 

Exploration of primary sources through guided questions in-class. 

Integration of articles (secondary sources) into class discussions through assigned pre-readings.

Written essays to apply the logical argumentation of a central thesis to the primary sources.

Inhalt/e

From slavery to the present, African American authors have surmounted considerable odds to present their stories and their histories (both orally and written) to interested audiences. In the late 20th and early 21st century, authors such as Toni Morrison have narrated the lives and struggles of men and women living under slavery in the past, focusing on the complex racial, gender and economic challenges from this time period. Novels set in contemporary and futuristic US environments continue to explore the particular disadvantages, hurdles and progress African Americans have made and continue to achieve, while narrating alternate relationships between men and women. The authors in this course re-visit the past, narrate the present or create alternate futures to provide additional voices and perspectives of Black experiences in the US, contesting binary stuctures and hegemonic power structures.

Literatur

Possible texts include: August Wilson, Fences; Octavia Butler, The Fledgling; Sapphire, Push; Toni Morrison, A Mercy

Prüfungsinformationen

Prüfungsmethode/n

  • Research Essays (2-3)
  • Experts of the Novel: Students will be required to do additional readings and provide input in the class discussion.
  • Class Participation 

Prüfungsinhalt/e

The novels and short stories discussed in class.

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

Written essays with secondary sources and active class participation displaying completion of homework assignements.

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • 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)
        • 552.280 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Contemporary African American literature (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 3., 4. Semester empfohlen
  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Culture Studies (Pflichtfach)
        • Cultures in Close-Up ( 1.0h PS / 2.0 ECTS)
          • 552.280 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Contemporary African American literature (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Linguistic Basis (Pflichtfach)
        • Cultures in Close-Up ( 1.0h PS / 2.0 ECTS)
          • 552.280 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Contemporary African American literature (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Fachliches Grund- und Aufbaustudium Literature (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Aufbaustudium Literature
        • Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies ( 0.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          • 552.280 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Contemporary African 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)
          • 552.280 Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Contemporary African American literature (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)

Gleichwertige Lehrveranstaltungen im Sinne der Prüfungsantrittszählung

Sommersemester 2019
  • 552.280 PS Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: The American Short Story (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2018
  • 552.280 PS Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: “It’s alive!“ - Themes and Concepts of Monster Literature (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2017/18
  • 552.280 PS Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Playin' It Cool – Poetry, Empathy and the Video Game (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
  • 552.281 PS Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: “Can the subaltern speak?“ Selections from Postcolonial Literature (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2016/17
  • 552.280 PS Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: The American Short Story (19th century) (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2016
  • 552.280 PS Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: The English Sonnet through the Ages (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
  • 552.281 PS Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Dark Romanticism - Gothic Novel and Poetry (2.0h / 5.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2015/16
  • 552.280 PS Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Victorian Fantastic Literature (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
  • 552.281 PS Topics in Anglophone Literary Studies: Performing Gender - Contemporary Queer Drama (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)