Identity and alterity as from the Enlightenment

Course Code :2004FLWTLD
Study domain:Literature
Location:Not at UA, but at KUL
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:German
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Anke Gilleir

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.