[English] Literary History and Genres


General information

Course name Literary History and Genres
Course type Seminar
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Faculty Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Examination office Gemeinsames Prüfungsamt in der Philosophischen Fakultät
Short summary Students can choose from a range of seminars on English and American cultural history. In each of these, one diachronic problem (the development or change of a genre of style of writing) is explored.

Information about study level

Study level Bachelor / Master / PhD
Also possible for Suitable for Bachelors and Masters at all levels

Information about credit points, evaluation and frequency

Frequency Summer term

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B1
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Information about requirements

Recommended requirements Suitable for all subjects

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Course Content

This course belongs to a modul. This module will provide a grounding in English and American literature and insights into issues involved in writing about literature and culture. Students may choose between attending the lec- ture on British or on American literature. The lectures give an overview of the main periods of English and American literature, either as a whole or as exemplified by a genre (Bildungsroman (coming-of-age novel), poetry, drama). In the accompanying seminars, students can choose a theme from literary or cultural history and deepen their knowledge of it. Here, the issues relating to writing about literature and culture (canon, linearity vs. discontinuity, problems of period defini- tion) will play an important role. The oral exam covers texts from the lecture as well as from the seminar. Students choose 10-12 texts that are representative of the various genres, periods, and national literatures.

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