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PS "The 1930s in American Literature"


Dozent(in): Christina Caupert, M.A.
Termin: Donnerstag 15:45-17:15 Uhr
Gebäude/Raum: 1003


Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

In 1929, the “roaring twenties” were ended with a bang by one of the most severe economic crises the US, and the world, had ever suffered. After the stock market crash on “Black Friday”, hundreds of thousands of Americans – businessmen, shop owners, farmers – faced complete ruin, and the unemployment rate shot up to over 20%. One of the consequences was a growing influence of social reforming and even socialist forces, which earned the era the controversial name of “The Red Decade”. This tendency towards politicization can also be seen in many of the literary works that were written during the 1930s: topics like the broken faith in artificial glitter worlds, social injustice, the discrimination against ethnic minorities or the fight for women’s rights, but also the danger of the advance of fascism in Europe became dominant literary themes. In this seminar, we will examine works of the 1930s from various genres and appraise their literary as well as socio-cultural value.

Please note: Participants must have read The Grapes of Wrath by the first week of the semester.


Vorkenntnis für die Lehrveranstaltung:

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Introductory course

Anforderungen für den Scheinerwerb: timely fulfillment of reading assignments, regular attendance, short presentation, term paper


Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

Lewis, Sinclair. It Can’t Happen Here (1935).

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath (1939).

West, Nathanael. The Day of the Locust (1939).

Some additional shorter texts will be supplied in a reader available from October at the Amerikanistik office (room 4064).


weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: Grundstudium
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Amerikanistik (Magister), Englisch (Lehramt)
Nummer der Lehrveranstaltung: 05 224
Beginn der Lehrveranstaltung: 18. Oktober 2007
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 2 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: PS - Proseminar
Semester: WS 2007/08