552.286 (19S) Topics in American Cultural Studies: Imagining Surveillance through Literature and Film

Sommersemester 2019

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Erster Termin der LV
05.03.2019 14:00 - 16:00 , N.0.43
Nächster Termin:
28.05.2019 14:00 - 16:00 , N.0.43

Überblick

Lehrende/r
LV Nummer Südostverbund
ENM03001UL
LV-Titel englisch
Topics in American Cultural Studies: Imagining Surveillance through Literature and Film
LV-Art
Proseminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
3.0
Anmeldungen
27 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
mögliche Sprache/n der Leistungserbringung
Englisch
LV-Beginn
05.03.2019
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs
Anmerkungen

Attendance of the first class meeting on March 5, 2019 is MANDATORY!

Seniorstudium Liberale
Ja

LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Students will be introduced to basic concepts and terminology of the field of surveillance studies. Moreover, they will gain a basic understanding of the historically changing representations of surveillance; further advance their skills in critically analysing literature and films with special attention to issues of race, class, and gender; and acquire knowledge about genres that have been used to represent and negotiate ideas concerning surveillance.


Lehrmethodik

In-class discussion of assigned primary and theoretical texts. Short input lectures will provide overviews that help historically contextualize primary literature and guide in-class discussion in smaller groups and the entire class; short midterm exam.


Inhalt/e

After Kellyanne Conway spoke of "alternative facts" following the debates about the crowd size at Donald Trump's inauguration, sales of George Orwell's dystopian surveillance classic Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) were soaring. This not only hints at a great general interest in thinking about social control and surveillance today, but also at the ways in which such thought has always been "in a loose conversation with artists, fictions, and their robust material” (Monahan 2011). The seminar aims to explore this “loose conversation” and the intimate long-standing links between surveillance and art, thereby introducing students to what Monahan calls an emerging “cultural studies of surveillance.” We will focus on historically changing theories and concepts of surveillance (e.g. Foucault; Lyon; Monahan) to make sense of its different forms and means (e.g. panopticism; CCTV; Big Data). This theoretical background will enhance our readings of a variety of primary texts ranging from E.A. Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd” (1840) to novels by Orwell (1949) and Atwood (1985), and the recent blockbuster movie The Circle (2017). Turning to questions of both the aesthetics and politics of surveillance through literature and film, which involves addressing issues like identity, individuality, public and private, power and knowledge, as well as race, class, and gender, will help explore artistic productions as important parts of North American conversations about surveillance.


Literatur

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). Any edition.
Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Any edition.

All other texts will be made available by the instructor.


Prüfungsinformationen

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 17W.2)
    • Fach: Anglophone Cultural History and Theory (Pflichtfach)
      • ENM.003 Topics in American Cultural Studies ( 2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Imagining Surveillance through Literature and Film (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 4., 5., 6. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 15W.2)
    • Fach: Anglophone Cultural History and Theory (Pflichtfach)
      • ENM.003 Topics in American Cultural Studies ( 2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Imagining Surveillance through Literature and Film (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 4., 5., 6. 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)
          • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Imagining Surveillance through Literature and Film (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)
          • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Imagining Surveillance through Literature and Film (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Fachliches Grundstudium Culture (Pflichtfach)
      • Topics in American Cultural Studies ( 0.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Imagining Surveillance through Literature and Film (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 3. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Fachliches Aufbaustudium (ab 11W) (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Culture (ab 11W)
        • Topics in Culture ( 2.0h PS / 5.0 ECTS)
          • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Imagining Surveillance through Literature and Film (2.0h PS / 5.0 ECTS)

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