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PS "Indian Captivity as Genre and Motif in American Literature"


Dozent(in): Monika Hottelet, M.A.
Termin: Dienstag 14-15.30 Uhr
Gebäude/Raum: 1087a


Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

Historical captivity narratives such as the canonical text by Mary Rowlandson are dramatic personal accounts of intercultural encounter paired with physically and psychologically taxing experiences. The demand for these texts in colonial times has led to the establishment of the captivity narrative as a fundamental American genre.

We will read and analyse a number of famous as well as little known narratives of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries before tracing the 20th century versions of the captivity motif in literature and film.

Throughout the seminar, we will consider questions of genre formation and transformation, examine how stories (literary and cinematographic) inscribe and challenge images of American identity and deal with the aspect of intercultural encounter. The following key questions will guide our inquiries:

Why have certain stories enjoyed such popularity while others, esp. some of those we find of special interest today, did not seem to appeal much to readers of past centuries? In what way have style and content of captivity narratives changed over time? To what extent do messages of the filmed treatment of such texts and their originals diverge? How have individuals dealt with the situation of being captive in an intercultural context?

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

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: passed exam of the introductory course

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


Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

(Bitte die Literatur rechtzeitig besorgen, denn die Lieferung von englischsprachigen Büchern kann dauern!)

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans (Signet Classics, 2005)
Oatman, Lorenzo D. The Captivity of the Oatman Girls among the Apache and Mohave Indians (Dover, 1994)
Seaver, James E. A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison (U of Oklahoma P, 1995)

By middle of Oct there will be a mastercopy file containing a collection of captivity narratives and short stories. (Sekretariat Amerikanistik)


weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: Grundstudium
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Amerikanistik (Magister), Englisch (Lehramt)
Nummer der Lehrveranstaltung: 05230
Beginn der Lehrveranstaltung: 17. Oktober 2006
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 2 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: PS - Proseminar
Semester: WS 2006/07