552.331 (19S) Issues in Literature: The Life and Writings of Mark Twain

Sommersemester 2019

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04.03.2019 14:00 - 16:00 , N.0.42
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Lehrende/r
LV-Titel englisch
Issues in Literature: The Life and Writings of Mark Twain
LV-Art
Seminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
6.0
Anmeldungen
12 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
mögliche Sprache/n der Leistungserbringung
Englisch
LV-Beginn
04.03.2019
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs
Anmerkungen

Attendance of the first class meeting on March 4, 2019 is MANDATORY!

LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Students will further develop their skills in the systematic analysis of literary texts and advance their competence in interpreting texts within their specific socio-cultural and historical contexts. They will also broaden their knowledge of the (literary) history of the mid- to late-nineteenth-century U.S., and of various genres (e.g. travel writing, Romance, science fiction).


Lehrmethodik

Short input lectures; in-class exploration of primary texts through close textual analysis and in-class and group discussion; short oral presentations by students.


Inhalt/e

The literary works of Samuel Langhorne Clemens – better known under his pen name Mark Twain – continue to fascinate readers and scholars. In our seminar, we will consider a broad variety of texts by this prolific American writer, ranging from newspaper and periodical writing, lectures, and short stories to travelogues and novels like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889), Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894), or the American classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Moving chronologically through Clemens’s oeuvre, we will examine his style, technique, characteristic use of pseudonyms and humor, his dominant themes (e.g. technology, nature vs. nurture, religion, and animal welfare) and broader questions of race and gender. Beyond exploring Clemens’s life as a writer, however, the aim of the seminar is also to explore the lives of nineteenth-century Americans. Considering how an author often perceived as quintessentially American did shape and was shaped by the massive cultural transformations of his day is revealing not only regarding nineteenth-century America, but also with respect to the United States today.


Literatur

Mark Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Any edition.
Mark Twain. Pudd’nhead Wilson. Any edition.
Mark Twain. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Any edition.

All other texts will be made available by the course instructor.


Prüfungsinformationen

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlich ausgerichtetes Wahlfach (Wahlfach)
      • Issues in Literature ( 0.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
        • 552.331 Issues in Literature: The Life and Writings of Mark Twain (2.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 4., 5. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Literature (Wahlfach)
      • Issues in Literature ( 2.0h SE / 7.0 ECTS)
        • 552.331 Issues in Literature: The Life and Writings of Mark Twain (2.0h SE / 7.0 ECTS)

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