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PS "Growing Up Ethnic in American Literature"


Dozent(in): Monika Hottelet, M.A.
Termin: Dienstag 14:00 – 15:30 Uhr
Gebäude/Raum: 1087a


Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

In the multiethnic and multicultural U.S.A. an impressive body of minority literature has been written by descendants of immigrants from just about every corner of the globe, and by members of the original native population. In this seminar, we will focus on texts which explore how children not belonging to the mainstream grow into adulthood within their different ethnic contexts. This fictional and autobiographical literature addresses topics such as the contrast between values derived from the ancestral heritage and from modern American society, intergenerational conflicts, racial discrimination, urban civilization, friendship and love across ethnic lines, family relationships, cultural difference, negotiation of conflicting ideals, and women’s struggle against patriarchal structures.

Our enquiry will be guided by the following key questions:

To what extent are the strategies of the U.S. society to pass on its traditions, values and way of life successful with the youth portrayed in these texts?

Which social mechanisms of continuity within ethnic cultures are described?

What typical patterns can be made out in the diverse experiences of minority children and  teenagers?

Please note that there will be short tests throughout to make sure that you do the required reading.


Vorkenntnis für die Lehrveranstaltung:

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: passed exam of the introductory course

Anforderungen für den Scheinerwerb: Regular attendance, active participation, short oral report, term paper


Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

Rudolfo A. Anaya. Bless Me Ultima. [1972] New York: Warner, 1995.

Maxine Hong Kingston. The Woman Warrior. [1977] New York: Random House/Vintage, 1989.

Milton Murayama. All I Asking for Is My Body. [1981] Honolulu: U of Hawaii P, 1988.

(recommended editions)

By the beginning of April a mastercopy file containing selected short stories of classic and contemporary minority authors will be available in the secretary’s office of Lehrstuhl Amerikanistik, Room 4064


weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: Grundstudium
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Amerikanistik (Magister), Englisch (Lehramt)
Nummer der Lehrveranstaltung: 05 234
Beginn der Lehrveranstaltung: 17. April 2007
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 2 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: PS - Proseminar
Semester: SS 2007