1. Prerequisites *
At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
specific prerequisites for this course
2. Learning outcomes *
Both individual and collective identities have been an important subject of discussion in a great variety of theoretical and social debates since some years. The focus of this seminar lies on the construction of identity and on the role of literature in this process. Identity will function in a heuristic sense as a motif for the analysis of literary texts from the Enlightenment until the present day. Against the background of historical identity discourses (and their different vectors such as nationality, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion or class) we will inquire into the way the subject is staged and/or deconstructed in literature. On an epistemological level, the relationship between literary criticism and cultural studies will also be touched upon.
Insight into the historical and socio-cultural construction of identity, knowledge of present-day theoretical debates on identity, literary analysis.
3. Course contents *
First some definitions and the relevance of the word ‘identity’ in present-day socio-philosophical texts and literary criticism will be analysed and discussed in a general manner, a few theoretical articles will be read together in a more torough manner. Then the historical genesis of the modern subject since the Enlightenment in the German cultural area will be analysed, follwed by the analysis of a selection of literary texts against their different historical backgrounds in order to trace their affirmative or subversive potential. The stress lies on a micrological reading of the different texts: Attention is paid to rhetorical and narrative strategies as well as genre, as bearers of the literary expression of identity.
4 International dimension*
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The course has an international dimension.
5. Teaching method and planned learning activities
Class contact teachingSeminars/Tutorials
6. Assessment method and criteria
Written assignmentWith oral presentation
7. Study material *
7.1 Required readingSophie Laroche. Erscheinungen am See Oneida. (1798, Bd.1 u. Bd. 2) siehe: http://sophie.byu.edu/colonial/index.php?p=text.php&textid=1621
Heinrich von Kleist. Penthesileia. Stuttgart: Reclam (UB 1305)
Heinrich von Kleist. ‚Die Verlobung in St. Domingo’. In: Die Verlobung in St. Domingo. Das Bettelweib. Der Findling. Stuttgart: Reclam (UB 8003)
Stefan Zweig. ‚Phantastische Nacht’. In: Phantastische Nacht. Erzählungen. Frankfurt: Fischer 2002.
Barbara Frischmuth. Die Schrift des Freundes. Berlin: Aufbau 2006.
Uwe Timm. Morenga. München: dtv 2005.
A reader with theoretical articles will be distributed in the first week.
7.2 Optional readingThe following study material can be studied voluntarily :