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PS "American Immigrant Literature"


Dozent(in): Monika Hottelet, M.A.
Termin: Dienstag 12 s.t.-13.30 Uhr
Gebäude/Raum: 1003


Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

From times immemorial, the land now called America has offered human beings possibilities for survival and prosperity. Migrating groups from all directions have followed its beckoning with the intention to make it their home. First socio-cultural circumstances and later literary conventions prevented almost all of those arriving before the1870’s to express their immigration experience in fiction. In the last decades of the 19th century, however, the immigrant as protagonist started showing up in works of writers belonging to the dominant culture. After 1900, immigrant authors themselves, or of the second and third generation, wrote about how they or their parents and grandparents have “met the land and the ways in which the land has met them.�? (Mendoza/Shankar) After 1965, the so-called new immigrant writers have added to the established traditions of stories leaving Old Europe, of pioneering in a new land, intergenerational conflict, and coming of age, with more postmodern themes of seeking and finding one’s identity, or living multiple identities in an attempt to bridge two worlds in terms of race, class and culture.

After the introduction of a few classic texts of immigrant literature, we will concentrate on the literary output of the recent wave of immigration, guided by the following questions: Does Crèvecoeur’s bold statement become myth that “he is an American, who, leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he holds�? still apply to U.S. immigrants of the 20th century? Are the new immigrants still oriented at anglo-saxon cultural models? What tensions can be traced in these texts between the American offer of freedom, social mobility, and individualism, and the racial and ethnic solidarity in communities and homelands?


Vorkenntnis für die Lehrveranstaltung:

Anforderungen für den Scheinerwerb: Regelmäßige Teilnahme, Kurzreferat, Hausarbeit

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Bestandener Einführungskurs


Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

In March 2005 a selection of paradigmatic texts will be available as mastercopies at the Sekretariat Amerikanistik (R. 4064).


weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: Grundstudium
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Amerikanistik (Magister), Englisch (Lehramt)
Nummer der Lehrveranstaltung: n/b
Beginn der Lehrveranstaltung: 12. April 2005
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 2 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: PS - Proseminar
Semester: SS 2005