This course familiarizes students with skills and methods necessary for the study of English and American literatures. It covers influential theoretical approaches, critical practices, literary forms, styles, and techniques. In doing so, it provides an introduction to careful textual analysis and to the critical and historical understanding this requires. The course also explores fundamental issues of literary history, literature as an institution, processes of periodization and canonization, and illustrates these through examples and case studies. The basics of scholarly research will also be addressed.
The Introduction to English and American Literary Studies consists of a weekly lecture offered by Dr. Martin Decker and a seminar offered by Lisa Feige, Sebastian Graef, Susanne Gürtner, Maria Gürtner, Madeline Sporer and Heide-Marie Weig – students need to attend both the lecture and one of the seminar groups!
IMPORTANT: Students of the B.A. Anglistik (British Studies) must register for the lecture run by Dr. Decker. Students of the B.A. Amerikanistik (American Studies) must register for the lecture run by Prof. Dr. Wiegmink. Students taking a Lehramt degree or a B.A. Englische Sprachwissenschaft (English Linguistics) can register for either of these two lecture courses.
Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, this course will be offered in digital form (recorded lectures, online quizzes and forums, Zoom sessions) until further notice.
Course requirements: Students must be enrolled in and follow the GRIPS courses of both the lecture and the respective seminars. Students must complete the weekly online exercises offered in the lecture’s GRIPS course. If possible, the course will be concluded by a written final exam in the week after the lecture period; if not, there will be cumulative tasks to be completed at home in the final weeks of the lecture period.
This course builds on the Introduction to British and Irish Studies and seeks to consolidate what was learned there by detailed study of selected topics from historical and contemporary cultures. A central desideratum will be the development of skills in the critical and informed reading of cultural texts. For primary texts, the principal course material will be made available on GRIPS; the texts are to be read and discussed in class in detail. Other primary materials will vary from group to group, but will include video material which is available in the library on DVD, as well as current news reports, as your class teacher directs. The course discussions and level will assume knowledge of the contents of the Introduction to British and Irish Studies lecture series from the start, even if this particular course was not attended. Please ask a peer for the notes from the lecture series if you did not go to it.
Requirement: one-hour overview exam (provisional exam date: 20.02.2021)
Hinweis: Die 'Introduction to British and Irish Studies'-Vorlesung ist bei LA GS/MS als Voraussetzung für das Seminar 'British and Irish Cultural Studies' nicht verpflichtend, der Besuch der Vorlesung wird jedoch als Vorbereitung empfohlen.