552.285 (19W) Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture

Wintersemester 2019/20

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08.10.2019 14:00 - 16:00 , N.0.42
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Lehrende/r
LV Nummer Südostverbund
ENM03001UL
LV-Titel englisch
Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture
LV-Art
Proseminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
3.0
Anmeldungen
24 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
mögliche Sprache/n der Leistungserbringung
Englisch
LV-Beginn
08.10.2019
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs
Anmerkungen

Attendance of the first session on October 8 is MANDATORY

Seniorstudium Liberale
Ja

LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Students will learn to differentiate between different subgenres of speculative fiction, more precicely the classical utopia, the dystopia, and the post-apocalypse. They will gain insight into the possibilities as well as limitation of these potential futures and how these utopian thoughts relate to the history and culture of U.S. America.

Lehrmethodik

Short lecture inputs, close analysis and discussion of assigned texts

Inhalt/e

After arriving in America in 1620 and 1630 respectively, the Pilgrims established Plymouth and the Puritans founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony to make the “New World” inhabitable. One of their aims was to build a “better place” than the one they knew. In this proseminar, we will concern ourselves with such utopian ideas in American fiction and what they have looked like. We begin with Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland (1915) which depicts an isolated society composed entirely of women. Then, we move to utopia gone wrong, the dystopia, with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1953) which depicts a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn every single one they find. Afterwards, we investigate Fernando A. Flores’ Tears of the Trufflepig (2019), a dystopia that depicts an American near future in which disease is common, crime syndicates control most food production and the American government prepares to build a third border-wall between the US and Mexico. Finally, we will turn our attention to Kim Stanley Robinson’s post-apocalyptical The Wild Shore (1984). Through these texts, we will investigate how they relate to American culture, foregrounding how these societies are made up and how they aim to evoke hope to move towards a better future.

Literatur

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Herland (any edition)

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (any edition)

Fernando A. Flores, Tears of the Trufflepig (any edition)

Kim Stanley Robinson, The Wild Shore (any edition)

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

Prüfungsinformationen

Prüfungsmethode/n

Mid-term response paper (1,000 words)

PS-paper (2,500 words)

Prüfungsinhalt/e

The response paper will cover one of the novels discussed in class. Free choice of topic by students for the final paper, as long as there is a focus on speculative fiction and American culture.

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

Final Grade:

  30% - active participation

 30% - response paper

40% - final paper

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)
        • 552.285 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (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)
        • 552.285 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 4., 5., 6. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 19W.1)
    • Fach: Anglophone Cultural History and Theory (Pflichtfach)
      • ENM.003 Topics in American Cultural Studies ( 2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.285 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (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)
          • 552.285 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Linguistic Basis (Pflichtfach)
        • Cultures in Close-Up B ( 1.0h PS / 2.0 ECTS)
          • 552.285 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (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)
        • 552.285 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (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)
          • 552.285 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (2.0h PS / 5.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Fachliches Aufbaustudium (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Culture
        • Topics in Culture ( 2.0h PS / 5.0 ECTS)
          • 552.285 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (2.0h PS / 5.0 ECTS)
            Absolvierung im 3. Semester empfohlen

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