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HS "Campaigns, Corruption & Conspiracy: The Political Novel in America"


Dozent(in): Prof. Dr. Hubert Zapf / Michael Sauter, M.A.
Termin: Mittwoch 15:45-17:15 Uhr
Gebäude/Raum: 1011


Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

In this course, we will examine how American literature has influenced politics, and how politics (and politicians) have inspired literature. Starting with John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, we will discuss Robert Penn Warren's classic All the King's Men (the new adaptation starring Sean Penn should be in cinemas now), and then move on to Don DeLillo’s literary treatment of the assassination of President Kennedy  in Libra and conclude with Joe Klein’s novel  Primary Colors.

While our main focus will be on the novels mentioned above, we will also look at the complex interrelation of literature, politics and public opinion from different angles: the main points will be the political system and its ties with the media, and especially the emergence of the New Journalism in the vein of Wolfe, Mailer, or Thompson.

This course will be taught in English; a reader with additional literature will be availabe at the Lehrstuhl Amerikanistik at the beginning of the semester.


Vorkenntnis für die Lehrveranstaltung:

Anforderungen für den Scheinerwerb:

Regular attendance, active participation, a short presentation and a midterm paper, as well as a final paper.


Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

John Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath.

Robert Penn Warren. All the King’s Men.

Don DeLillo. Libra.

Joe Klein. Primary Colors. A Novel of Politics.


weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: Hauptstudium
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Ethik der Textkulturen
Nummer der Lehrveranstaltung: 05 220
Beginn der Lehrveranstaltung: 18. April 2007
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 2 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: HS - Hauptseminar
Semester: SS 2007